ISLAM, LAW AND THE STATE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
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Credit points: 15
This subject will provide students with an introduction to the contentious relationship between the Islam, law and the state in Southeast Asia. Muslims are the largest community in Southeast Asia, comprising about 45% of the region's population. The discourses surrounding the accommodation of Islamic law are critical to understand political, social and legal developments in this very diverse region.
Contemporary issues and debates on Islam and Islamic law will be studied in their social, political and cultural contexts. Selected country studies will include Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines providing a rich contextualisation in very different nation settings. It will cover topics including:
- Islam and the constitution;
- bureaucracy and Islam;
- judicial system and Islam; and
- broader issues of Islam, politics and society.
SchoolLa Trobe Law School
Subject Co-ordinatorKerstin Steiner
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Prerequisites Must be enrolled in LMJD or LML or LMLGBL or LMCL or LMLAW or LMLE or have permission of the Law School Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) Programs
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Various, to be made available on the LMS||Recommended||Various||Various|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Demonstrate an understanding of Islamic law and its sources, as well as being able to apply this new terminology.
- Literature review. The seminars will introduce students to this new terminology and its meaning. Students are required to use new language in discussion and written settings. This terminology will also be used for the reading and analysis of the reading material. Students will be expected to apply this in the assessment tasks.
02. Critically reflect on the challenges of plural legal systems and the accommodation of Islam in Southeast Asian countries.
- Literature review and research essay. In the seminars, examples of various case studies exploring those challenges will be presented and discussed. The set reading material will provide background knowledge and opportunity for further research.
03. Review and explain the relationship between Islam, law and the state in different geographical and topical contexts.
- Literature review and research essay. Examples of various case studies exploring those challenges will be presented and discussed in the seminars. The set reading material will provide background knowledge and opportunity for further research. Students will be asked to provide an outline and annotated bibliography for their research project. Feedback will be provided on the feasibility of their research project and the quality of their proposal.
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