Disputing Marriage Payments in Indonesia

A Comparative Study of Aceh and South Sulawesi

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Arskal Salim

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Edited by John Bowen and Arskal Salim

In Women and Property Rights in Indonesian Islamic Contexts, eight scholars of Indonesian Islam examine women’s access to property in law courts and in village settings. The authors draw on fieldwork from across the archipelago to analyse how judges and ordinary people apply interpretations of law, religion, and gender in deliberating and deciding in property disputes that arise at moments of marriage, divorce, and death. The chapters go beyond the world of legal and scriptural texts to ask how women in fact fare in these contexts. Women’s capabilities and resources in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim society and one with distinctive traditions of legal and social life, provides a critical knowledge base for advancing our understanding of the social life of Islamic law. Contributors: Nanda Amalia, John R. Bowen, Tutik Hamidah, Abidin Nurdin, Euis Nurlaelawati, Arskal Salim, Rosmah Tami & Atun Wardatun.

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Euis Nurlaelawati and Arskal Salim

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide readers with an understanding of the process by which women were incorporated into the Indonesian legal system. It is noteworthy to say that the incorporation process has been long and, at times, uneasy. The engagement of women in Indonesia’s Islamic judicial system started six decades ago with a small number, and then increased over time to include several important roles and positions in the religious court system. Based on empirical data collected from three religious courts of first instance and on judgment analysis, this chapter assesses the factors that have an impact on the way male and female judges display gender sensitivity in their dealings with female litigants. An important conclusion is that female judges do not always make a difference.

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Studying Women’s Access to Property

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John R. Bowen and Arskal Salim

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Edited by John R. Bowen and Arskal Salim

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Edited by John R. Bowen and Arskal Salim