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Women, Islam and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia / Edition 1

Women, Islam and Everyday Life: Renegotiating Polygamy in Indonesia / Edition 1

by Nina Nurmila
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ISBN-13: 9780415468022
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/10/2009
Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nina Nurmila is a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Education and Teaching, 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 illustrations xi

Series editor's foreword xii

Acknowledgments xiii

Glossary xvii

1 Introduction 1

Muslim feminist as researcher 11

Brief outline of chapters 19

2 Polygamy in context: family and kinship 21

Women's situation in Java 22

Changing patterns of marriage and family structure in Indonesia 28

Feminist critiques of the family 33

Conclusion 37

3 Muslim discourses on polygamy in Indonesia 39

What is shari'a? 40

Muslim interpretations of polygamy 42

The history of the 1974 Marriage Law 45

The New Order government regulations on marriage and divorce for civil servants 58

The promotion of polygamy in the post-Soeharto period 64

Conclusion 77

4 Reactions to and negotiation around polygamous marriages 78

Accommodating polygamy (the Textualists) 81

Resisting polygamy (the Semi-textualists) 92

Rejecting polygamy (the Contextualists) 103

Varying degrees of women's acceptance of and resistance to polygamy 108

5 Polygamous households 115

Relationship between wives in polygamous marriages 116

Polygamous husbands' treatments of their wives 120

The celebration of important days 131

Attending wedding ceremonies and official parties 132

Economic management in polygamous households 133

The influence of polygamy on children's emotional and economic well-being 138

A bargain with patriarchy and settling for polygamy 143

5 Conclusion 146

Qur'an is divine, while its interpretation is human 146

The need for a contextual approach in reading the Qur'an 148

Notes 155

References 174

Index 195

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