Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society
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Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society

Edited by Nadirsyah Hosen

The Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society provides an examination of the role of Islamic law as it applies in Muslim and non-Muslim societies through legislation, fatwa, court cases, sermons, media, or scholarly debate. It illuminates the intersection of social, political, economic and cultural factors that inform Islamic Law across a number of jurisdictions. Chapters evaluate when and how actors and institutions have turned to Islamic law to address problems faced by societies in Muslim and, in some cases, Western states.
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Chapter 15: The lawfulness of music in contemporary Indonesian debate

Neneng Yanti Khozanatu Lahpan

Abstract

This chapter examines the lawfulness of music in contemporary Indonesian discourse. There has long been a debate among Muslims scholars on this issue, but the chapter goes further by looking at the Indonesian local context in West Java, where ethnicity and politics play their parts. It provides an insight that what we consider to be ‘Islamic’ music does not need to be in the Arabic language nor to employ Arabic songs and instruments.

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