Human rights provisions in the second amendment to the Indonesian constitution from Sharīah perspective

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The paper examines provisions of the Second Amendment to the 1945 Indonesian Constitution dealing with equality, women's rights, freedom of religion and freedom of opinion, and then compares the terms of those provisions 'with similar provisions in the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights, the Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (UIDHR) and the constitutions of several majority Muslim nations. On the basis that, unlike the Cairo Declaration, the UIDHR and the other constitutions, the Indonesian constitutional provisions make no explicit reference to Sharī'ah or Islam despite the fact that Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, the author concludes that Indonesian political parties who participated in enacting the amendments adhere to a substantive view of the Sharī'ah.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-224
Number of pages25
JournalMuslim World
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2007

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