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 
  • broader issues of Islam, politics and society.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerstin Steiner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into LMGBL - Master of Laws in Global Business Law LMJD - Juris Doctor LML - Master of Laws LMCL - Master of Laws in Commercial Law LMLAW - Master of Laws OR have permission of the Law School Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) Programs


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVarious, to be made available on the LMSRecommendedVariousVarious

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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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Summer 3, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerstin Steiner

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 06 - 06
Seven 4.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 06 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.
"classes from the following dates: 31st Jan, 1st Feb, 2ndFeb,3rd Feb,7th Feb,8th Feb,9th Feb"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Literature Review (1,500 words equivalent)40 01, 02, 03
Research Essay (4,500 words)60 01, 02, 03