Continuity and Change in Islamic Law in Indonesia: The case of Nahdlatul Ulama bahtsul masail in East Java
The fatwa (pl. fatawa) or non-binding legal opinion is an important institution in Islamic thought. In relation to the shari‘ah (the body of Islamic law), fatwa has been the agent for relating the teaching of shari‘ah to 'the concrete world of human affairs' (Masud, Brinkley, and Messick, 1996:3). It is a medium to understand social change (Hooker, 2003) and a source of Islamic legal and social history (Powers, 1990) of Muslim community. For this reason, fatwa, along with qada’ (Islamic court’s...[Show more]
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