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  1. Islamic Narrative and Authority in Southeast Asia: From the 16th to the 21st Century
  2. Islam in Southeast Asia: Political, social and strategic challenges for the 21st century

Islamic Narrative and Authority in Southeast Asia: From the 16th to the 21st Century

Among other things, it calls for a re-examination of elements of Islamic law that dictate relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, the structure of government and the proper aims and conduct of warfare. Some interpretations of classical Islamic law teach that Muslims have a duty to seek out and fight Christians, Jews and followers of Zoroastrianism until they either convert to Islam or submit to its rule and pay a head tax.

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These interpretations have been enthusiastically adopted by the Islamic State. Also, some interpretations of classical Islamic law, and of certain passages in the Quran, forbid Muslims from having non-Muslim political leaders.

Islam in Southeast Asia: Political, social and strategic challenges for the 21st century

Medieval Islamic jurisprudence, still regarded as valid by some, is used to justify slavery and the execution of prisoners. Some predominantly Muslim countries have been moving to reinterpret Islamic law within their borders, with some sending delegations to a international conference of scholars, religious leaders and clergy members in Morocco on protecting the legal rights of religious minorities living among them.

The Indonesian initiative, however, aims to directly approach governments around the world, both Muslim-majority and otherwise, as well as at the United Nations, to achieve a global consensus on reforming what it views as archaic interpretations of Islam. Yaqut said.


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