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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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 b roader issues of Islam, politics and society.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerstin Steiner

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLiterature 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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in LMJD or LML or LMLGBL or LMCL or LMLAW or LMLE or have permission of the subject coordinator


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Critically reflect on the challenges of plural legal systems and the accommodation of Islam in Southeast Asian countries.
03. Review and explain the relationship between Islam, law and the state in different geographical and topical contexts.

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