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Women, Islam and Everyday Life

Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia

By Nina Nurmila

Routledge – 2009 – 216 pages

Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series

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Description

This book examines Islam and women’s everyday life, focusing in particular on the highly controversial issue of polygamy. It discusses the competing interpretations of the Qur’anic verses that are at the heart of Muslim controversies over polygamy, with some groups believing that Islam enshrines polygamy as a male right, others seeing it as permitted but discouraged in favour of monogamy, and other groups arguing that Islam implicitly prohibits polygamy. Based on detailed fieldwork conducted in Indonesia, it provides an empirically-based account of women’s lived experiences in polygamous marriages, describing the different perceptions of the practice and strategies in dealing with it. It also considers the impact of changing public policy, in particular Indonesia’s 1974 Marriage Law which restricted the practice of polygamy. It shows that, in fact, this law has not resulted in widespread adherence, and considers how public policy could be modified to increase its effectiveness in affecting behaviour in everyday life. Overall, the book argues that polygamy has been a source of injustice towards women and children, that this is against Islamic teaching, and that a just Islamic law would need to call for the abolition of polygamy.

Contents

1. Introduction 2. Polygamy in Context: Family and Kinship 3. Muslim Discourses on Polygamy in Indonesia 4. Reactions to and Negotiation around Polygamous Marriages 5. Polygamous Households 6. Conclusion

Author Bio

Nina Nurmila is a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Education and Teaching, the State Islamic University (UIN) Bandung, Indonesia. She is currently a Fulbright Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Redlands, USA. She was previously an Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Her research interest is Gender and Islam in Muslim Societies, especially Indonesia.

Name: Women, Islam and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Nina Nurmila. This book examines Islam and women’s everyday life, focusing in particular on the highly controversial issue of polygamy. It discusses the competing interpretations of the Qur’anic verses that are at the heart of Muslim controversies...
Categories: South East Asian Politics, Gender Politics, Practice of Islam, Islam - Religion, Religion, Gender and Sexuality, South East Asia, Religion, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Islamic Law, Religion & Anthropology, Religion & Sociology, Gender Studies - Soc Sci, South East Asian Studies, Asian Culture & Society, Asian Religion, Political Islam