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THE DEVELOPMENT OF SYARIAH LAW IN MALAYSIA - IMPLICATIONS FOR MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS

  • Muslim-Christian Encounter
  • Abbr : MCE
  • 2018, 11(2), pp.45-79
  • DOI : 10.30532/mce.2018.11.2.45
  • Publisher : Torch Trinity Center for Islamic Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology > Mission Theology
  • Received : June 19, 2018
  • Accepted : September 29, 2018
  • Published : September 30, 2018

John, Cheong 1

1Islam center

ABSTRACT

The establishment of Syariah law in Malaysia’s pre-independence history is examined with respect to Malay customs and the sultanate. Post-independence developments and legislative reforms in Malaysia’s legal system that favoured syariah law strengthened Islamic law but weakened Malay customs (adat ) in areas such as kinship and marriage which introduced social conundrums. Conflicts also surfaced over its authority and applicability over interreligious relationships with non-Muslims. The article discusses Christian witness and relationships with Muslims in these areas of contestations in order to understand the hurdles. Furthermore, the article also seeks to promote specific proposals which aim to prompt cooperation from the Church to engage in Malaysia’s coming future. This paper concludes with an incarnational theology of ministry and reasons for guarded optimism in light of recent socio-religious dissensions amongst the ummah in recent decades.

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