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Islam and the Limits of the State

Reconfigurations of Practice, Community and Authority in Contemporary Aceh

R. Michael Feener, David Kloos and Annemarie Samuels
01 October 2015

This book examines the relationship between the state implementation of Shariʿa and diverse lived realities of everyday Islam in contemporary Aceh, Indonesia. With chapters covering topics ranging from NGOs and diaspora politics to female ulama and punk rockers, the volume opens new perspectives on the complexity of Muslim discourse and practice in a society that has experienced tremendous changes since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. These detailed accounts of and critical reflections on how different groups in Acehnese society negotiate their experiences and understandings of Islam highlight the complexity of the ways in which the state is both a formative and a limited force with regard to religious and social transformation. 

Contributors are: Dina Afrianty, R. Michael Feener, Kristina Groβmann, Reza Idria, David Kloos, Antje Missbach, Benjamin Otto, Jan-Michiel Otto, Annemarie Samuels and Eka Srimulyani. 

About the editors

R. Michael Feener is Research Leader of the Religion and Globalization Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. His previous publications on Aceh include  Shariʿa and Social Engineering, and (with Patrick Daly & Anthony Reid), Mapping the Acehnese Past, and From the Ground Up

David Kloos, Ph.D. (2013), is a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden and has conducted extensive historical and ethnographic research on Islam in Aceh. 

Annemarie Samuels, Ph.D. (2012), is postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam and has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork on the post-tsunami reconstruction process in Aceh. Her work has been published previously in, amongst others,  American Anthropologist and  Anthropology Today

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