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Making Shari‘a Democratic: Progressive Muslims’ Intellectual and Social Activism in post-Tsunami Aceh

Making Shari‘a Democratic: Progressive Muslims’ Intellectual and Social Activism in post-Tsunami Aceh


Moch Nur Ichwan


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Aceh is known as the “veranda of Mecca”, and since 2001 it has officially implemented shari‘a. Some sharia qanuns (bylaws) were issued, and non-shari’a qanuns should not contradict sharia as well. In such a context, the image of Aceh has been overwhelmed with shariatization project. However, there are some Muslim intellectuals who subscribe to progressive interpretation of Islam. They are critical of officialization of shari’a and of Islamist totalized Shari‘atism and try to offer different understanding of sharia which is more tolerant for intra-Islamic differences and interreligious relations, democratic, welfare-oriented and in line with basic human rights. They disseminate their thought through print and online media, discussion groups and variuos forms of social activism. They are mostly attached to universities (such as IAIN Ar-Raniry, Syahkuala University, and Malikussaleh Univerity), epistemic groups and NGOs, such as The Aceh Institute, KSAF Institute, Komunitas Panteu, KSD (Kelompok Studi Darussalam), Tikar Pandan, Bandar Institute, Gender Working Group (GWG). They also built relatiosn and cooperation among them through network institutions, such as Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil Peduli Syariat (JMSPS—Network of Civil Society Concerned with the Issues of Shari‘a), and Forum Islam Rahmatan Lil ‘Alamin (Forum for Islam as Blessing to Universe—FIRL).  They have played important role in promoting tolerant, democratic face of Acehnese Islam, which in turn have also contributed to social recovery of Acehnese people in the post-conflic and desaster era. This paper will be dedicated to studying this development through social movement theories approach.

 


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