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Muhammad Latif Fauzi

PhD candidate

M.L. Fauzi MA
+31 71 527 8821

Negotiating Islam, law and social life: Narratives and practices of marriage and divorce on Bawean Island 

Supervisor: Prof. dr. L.P.H.M. Buskens

Alongside the legal reform in the modernising nation-state, Islamic family law and local norms demand their own reshaping in responses to the changing meanings and practices of marriage and divorce both in local and national settings. Relied upon this context and with reference to the approaches employed in the legal anthropological studies, my research will relate diverse orientations on the idea of what Islamic law in the micro-Muslim community level to a wider debate on the public reasoning of Islamic law in the macro-national society level, and in the other counterpart Muslim countries once needed. In this regard, I am taking the life culture of the Bawean people as a case study. My study is designed to throw light on marriage and divorce that have been recognised as an indispensable part of the lives of Muslims in post-colonial societies.  Instead of offering a new theory, this study is aimed to offer an ethnographic case study of norms, discourse and practice of Islamic marriage and divorce in local social life which claim their justification not only from divine scripture and state-enacted law, but also from local knowledge. This research seeks to explore answers to this question: How do social changes and cultural ideals appear to affect deep-seated orientations towards the norms and practices of marriage and family that the Bawean Muslim society has long been attempting to remain Islamic? 



2015-present:     PhD in Asian Studies, Leiden University
2007-2008: MA in Islamic Studies, Leiden University (cum laude). Thesis:
2004-2006: Master in Islamic Studies, State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, (cum laude). Thesis:
2000-2004: BA in Islamic law, Islamic University of Indonesia (UII) Yogyakarta (cum laude).



2009-present            lecturer on Islamic law and methodology of Islamic studies at Shari'a Faculty, State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) of Surakarta
2009-2004 project coordinator of research and training on 'Islam and Human Rights', Centre for Islamic studies, Islamic University of Indonesia in cooperation with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Oslo University, Norway



  • PhD Scholarship, Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, 2015

  • Training Indonesia's Young Leaders Programmes, MA Programme, Leiden University, 2007-2008

  • Upgrading the Capacity of Graduates of Islamic Higher Education. Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, 2006

  • Excellent Bachelor Student Scholarship, Islamic University of Indonesia, Yogyakarta, 2000-2004.


  • Traditional Islam in Javanese Society: The Roles of Kyai and Pesantren in Preserving Islamic Tradition and Negotiating with Modernity, Journal of Indonesian Islam, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012.

  • Religious Symbolism and Democracy Encountered: A Case of Prostitution Bylaw of Bantul, Al-Jami’ah, Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2012.

  • Mendialogkan HAM dan Syariah: Pembelajaran HAM di Kampus-kampus Islam, Yogyakarta: PSI UII, 2012. (main author)
  • Teks Kajen dan Serat Cebolek sebagai Model Pembelajaran Resolusi Konflik: Studi Metaetika, Yogyakarta: PSI UII, 2012. (co-author)
  • Apakah Islam Membenarkan Kekerasan terhadap Pelacur (yang dilacurkan)? Jakarta: KIAS, the Wahid Institute, and LBH APIK, 2011.
  • Islamic Family Law in Disputes: Reading the Open Gate of Indonesian Ijtihâd to the Criticism of the Kompilasi, Qanun, Journal of Islamic Law, 1, February 2010, pp. 19-38.
  • Membaca Ulang Perkawinan Beda Agama” in Tim Penulis, Bersikap Adil Jender: Manifesto Keberagamaan Keluarga Jogja, Yogyakarta: PSI UII, 2009 (book chapter).
  • Bagaimanakah Generasi Fikih Indonesia Mendatang, Millah – Jurnal Studi Agama, August 2008 (book review).
  • Good Governance and the Emergence of Public Sphere: Gazing upon the Reform of Islamic law in Indonesia, Millah – Jurnal Studi Agama, August 2007.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Indonesie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.11a



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