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Normative Pluralism in Indonesia: Regions, Religions, and Ethnicities

John Bowen

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199277621.003.0007
Normative Pluralism in Indonesia: Regions, Religions, and Ethnicities

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This chapter analyses the debates on the relative merits of claims to self-governance made in Indonesia based on peoplehood, place, and social norms. It considers the question of religious law and its place in a democratic society. It argues that the processes of convergence across normative systems discussed for Islam in Indonesia are characteristic of competing universalistic normative structures.

Keywords: Indonesia; federalism; self-governance; normative pluralism; Islam

Chapter.  8422 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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