Muslim-Non-Muslim Marriage: Political and Cultural Contestations in Southeast Asia

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Gavin W. Jones, Chee Heng Leng, Maznah Mohamad
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009 - Social Science - 322 pages
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"This is an excellent and rare exploration of a sensitive religious issue from many perspectives _ legal, cultural and political. The case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand portray the important and exciting, yet very difficult, negotiation of Islamic teachings in the changing realities of Southeast Asia, home to the majority of Muslims in the world. Interreligious marriage is an important indicator of good relations between communities in religiously diverse countries. This book will also be of great interest to students and scholars of religious pluralism in a Southeast Asian context, which has not been studied adequately." - Zainal Abidin Bagir, Executive Director, Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia "The issue of Muslim-non-Muslim marriages has different connotations in the different Southeast Asian states. For example, in Thailand it is more a fluid cultural issue but in Malaysia it reflects great racial schisms with severe legal implications. This book is a welcome one as it examines the issue not only from the perspectives of various Southeast Asian nations but also from so many angles; the legal, historical, social, cultural, anthropological and philosophical. The work is scholarly, yet accessible. Underlying it, there is a vital streak of humanism." - Azmi Sharom, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya
 

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Contents

1 MuslimnonMuslim Marriage Rights and the State in Southeast Asia
1
The Indonesian Supreme Courts Decision on Interfaith Marriage
33
Muslimnon Muslim Family Disputes in Malaysia
59
4 Legal Aspects of MuslimnonMuslim Marriage in Indonesia
102
Hardening of the Islamic Law on MuslimnonMuslim Marriage in Indonesia
139
Interreligious Marriage and its Cultural Impact in Minangkabau Society
161
Interfaith Marriage between Muslims and Buddhists in Southern Thailand
190
8 Interethnic Marriages and Conversion to Islam in Kota Bharu
219
Empowering Indonesian Women
255
10 MuslimnonMuslim Marriage in Singapore
283
Index
319
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About the author (2009)

•Gavin W. Jones is a demographer in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, where he is professor and research team leader on the Changing Family in Asia Cluster.

•Chee Heng Leng is Senior Research Fellow with the Changing Family in Asia Research Cluster, at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

• Maznah Mohamad is currently holding a joint appointment as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Asia Research Institute and the Southeast Asian Studies Programme of the National University of Singapore. 

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