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Judging in God’s Name: State Power, Secularism, and the Politics of Islamic Law in Malaysia

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Abstract
Malaysia ranks sixth out of 175 countries worldwide in the degree of state regulation of religion. The Malaysian state enforces myriad rules and regulations in the name of Islam and claims a monopoly on the interpretation of Islamic law. However, this should not be understood as the implementation of an ‘Islamic’ system of governance or the realization of an ‘Islamic state’. Rather, the Malaysian case provides a textbook example of how government efforts to monopolize Islamic law necessarily subvert core epistemological principles in the Islamic legal tradition. As such, Malaysia provides an important opportunity to rethink the relationship between the state, secularism and the politics of Islamic law.
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“The Politics of Religious Freedom in Malaysia” Maryland Journal of International Law, vol. 29 (2014) 468-491.
Publication title
Maryland Journal of International Law
Document title
The Politics of Religious Freedom in Malaysia
Date
2014
Volume
29
Issue
2014
First page
468
Last page
491
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Copyright is held by the author(s).
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Yes
Language
English
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