Women, Islam and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-08-04
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book examines Islam and women's everyday life, focusing in particular on the highly controversial issue of polygamy. It discusses the competing Islamic interpretations of polygamy, and - based on detailed fieldwork conducted in Indonesia - women's actual experiences and perceptions of the practice, and the impact of public policy.

Author Biography

Nina Nurmila is a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Education and Teaching at 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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. xi
Series editor's forewordp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Glossaryp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Muslim feminist as researcherp. 11
Brief outline of chaptersp. 19
Polygamy in context: family and kinshipp. 21
Women's situation in Javap. 22
Changing patterns of marriage and family structure in Indonesiap. 28
Feminist critiques of the familyp. 33
Conclusionp. 37
Muslim discourses on polygamy in Indonesiap. 39
What is shari'a?p. 40
Muslim interpretations of polygamyp. 42
The history of the 1974 Marriage Lawp. 45
The New Order government regulations on marriage and divorce for civil servantsp. 58
The promotion of polygamy in the post-Soeharto periodp. 64
Conclusionp. 77
Reactions to and negotiation around polygamous marriagesp. 78
Accommodating polygamy (the Textualists)p. 81
Resisting polygamy (the Semi-textualists)p. 92
Rejecting polygamy (the Contextualists)p. 103
Varying degrees of women's acceptance of and resistance to polygamyp. 108
Polygamous householdsp. 115
Relationship between wives in polygamous marriagesp. 116
Polygamous husbands' treatments of their wivesp. 120
The celebration of important daysp. 131
Attending wedding ceremonies and official partiesp. 132
Economic management in polygamous householdsp. 133
The influence of polygamy on children's emotional and economic well-beingp. 138
A bargain with patriarchy and settling for polygamyp. 143
Conclusionp. 146
Qur'an is divine, while its interpretation is humanp. 146
The need for a contextual approach in reading the Qur'anp. 148
Notesp. 155
Referencesp. 174
Indexp. 195
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