Collective ijtihad on health issues in Indonesia

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This chapter provides an example of how Muslim scholars are responding to the issue of modernity. It evaluates collective ijtihad in the Muslim world as a group effort to find answers. This is different to the early formation of Islamic schools of thought (maddhab) when individual scholars interpreted the Holy Books. The chapter provides examples of Indonesian collective fatwa on health issues such as organ transplant, vasectomy and IUDs (Intra-Uterine Devices). It can safely be stated that the institution of collective ijtihad is a viable tool through which a society can adjust itself to internal and external social, political, and economic change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Islamic Law and Society
EditorsNadirsyah Hosen
Place of PublicationCheltenham UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781781003060
ISBN (Print)9781781003053
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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