Shari'a and Constitutional Reform in Indonesia
Nadirsyah Hosen, University of WollongongFollow
Nadirsyah Hosen, Shari'a and Constitutional Reform in Indonesia, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2007, 281p.
Shortly after Independence in 1945, Indonesian Muslims demanded that the Constitution guarantee and Islamic state in Indonesia. Reference was made to the draft of the preamble of the Indonesian Constitution (known as the Jakarta Charter), which contained the following religious principle: "Belief in one Supreme God with the obligation for adherents of Islam to perform shari'a (Islamic Law)." However the last seven words (dengan kewajiban manjalankan syariat Islam bagi pemeluknya [with the obligation to carry out Islamic shari'a for its adherents]) were removed on 18 August 1945 after protests were made by some Christian Indonesians.
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