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Blasphemy, Islam and the State : Pluralism and Liberalism in Indonesia (Hardcover) (Stewart Fenwick)

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This book draws on the work of Rawls to explore the interaction between faith, law and the right to religious freedom in post-Soeharto Indonesia, the world’s largest democracy after India and the United States. It argues that enforcement of Islamic principles by the state is inconsistent with religious diversity and the country’s liberal constitution. The book thus contributes to understanding the role of religion in the development of democracy in the world’s largest Muslim nation. A key objective is to test the argument that Rawls’ thinking about public reason cannot apply to the case of Indonesia, and Muslim states more broadly. The book therefore contributes to emerging scholarship that considers Rawls in a Muslim context. In addition to examining public reason in detail and considering critiques of the concept, the work highlights the fact that the theory was created to deal with value pluralism and is therefore relevant in any religious setting, including an Islamic one. In doing so, it emphasises that Islam is multifaceted and demonstrates the difficulties, and negative consequences, of integrating faith and law in a liberal state.

Number of Pages: 207
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: ICLARS Series on Law and Religion
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Stewart Fenwick
Language: English
Street Date: October 21, 2016
TCIN: 51703560
UPC: 9781138694675
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-0796
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