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State Sharia and Its Limits

  • Michael Feener
Thursday 18 February 2016
WHAT's NEW?! Spring Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Lipsius 228

State Sharia and Its Limits

This presentation serves as an introduction to the new volume Islam and the Limits of the State edited by David Kloos, Annemarie Samuels, and Michael Feener examining the relationship between the state implementation of Shariʿa and diverse lived realities of everyday Islam in contemporary Aceh, Indonesia. Looking beyond the formal mechanisms of legislation and enforcement, we explore the dynamics of diverse actors ranging from NGOs and diaspora activists to female ulama and punk rockers to open new perspectives on the complexity of Muslim discourse and practice in communities that have experienced tremendous changes since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. This allows us to develop a more nuanced understandings of the ways in which the state has been both a formative and a limited force with regard to religious and social transformation in this dynamic Muslim society.

About Michael Feener

R. Michael Feener is the Sultan of Oman Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Previously, he was Research Leader of the Religion and Globalisation Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also taught at Reed College and the University of California, Riverside, and held visiting professor positions and research fellowships at Harvard, Kyoto University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Copenhagen, The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Honolulu), and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands. He has published extensively in the fields of Islamic studies and Southeast Asian history, as well as on post-disaster reconstruction, religion and development. 

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