Indonesia's 1989 Religious Judicature Act: Islamization of Indonesia or Indonesianization of Islam?

Indonesia, No. 63 (1997)

26 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2015

Date Written: April 1, 1997

Abstract

In 1989 Indonesia enacted a new law governing the country’s Islamic courts that significantly enhanced the legal and institutional standing of the courts and expanded the courts’ powers. This article examines the Religious Judicature Act in a broader context and qualifies the initial assessment of its importance. Though significant, the Act does not mark the dramatic shift in policy that at first blush it seems to indicate. Rather, it is to a large extent the culmination of events set in motion twenty years earlier. Moreover, while the Suharto government is clearly presenting a more Islamic demeanor, it has not abandoned its historic policy of controlling Islamic law and politics.

Keywords: Islam; Islamic Law; Indonesia

Suggested Citation

Cammack, Mark, Indonesia's 1989 Religious Judicature Act: Islamization of Indonesia or Indonesianization of Islam? (April 1, 1997). Indonesia, No. 63 (1997). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2568348 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2568348

Mark Cammack (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

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