Modern Approaches to Islamic Family Law Reform The Need for a Balanced Approach in the Malaysian Context <br>Pendekatan Moden Terhadap Reformasi Undang-Undang Keluarga Islam Keperluan Pendekatan Seimbang Dalam Konteks Malaysia

  • Sayed Sikandar Shah Haneef International Islamic University Malaysia

Abstract

AbstractMuslim women have been caught in a tag-of-war between the forces of preserving Muslim family identity and advocates of its reform along the line of gender equality and International Human Rights. Given the current socio-political milieu at the global arena, the horizons for this tension to evaporate seem dim anytime soon. Reacting to Western human rights criticisms of Islamic family law, the conservative camp regard any attempt at reforming Islamic family law as a naked invasion of Western imperialism on Muslim personal domain. Reform proponents, on the other hand, indict conservative interpretation of Islamic family law as the primary cause of women oppression in Muslim societies. Accordingly, they constantly endeavour to lobby for reform of Muslim family law using either international bills of rights or gender equality as the frameworks. Consequently, Muslim women`s rights in the family has become a matter of paradoxical exegeses. To break this deadlock, this paper argues for a mediated solution (wasaÏÊyyah) by using critical content analysis of the two trends as a way forward for SharÊ‘ah-based reform in Malaysia.Keywords: Women Rights, Muslim Reformist, Conservative Approach, Critical Analysis.AbstrakWanita-wanita Islam terperangkap diantara pemeliharaan identiti keluarga Islam dan pembaharuan kesaksamaan jantina dan Hak Asasi Manusia Antarabangsa. Melihat suasana sosio-politik semasa di arena global, ketegangan ini seolah-olah tidak akan hilang pada masa yang terdekat. Bertindak balas kepada kritikan hak asasi barat terhadap undang-undang keluarga Islam, kem konservatif menganggap sebarang percubaan untuk mereformasi undang-undang keluarga Islam sebagai pencerobohan imperialisme Barat terhadap domain peribadi Islam. Sebaliknya, penyokong reformasi mendakwa bahawa tafsiran undang-undang keluarga Islam secara konservatif sebagai punca utama penindasan wanita dalam masyarakat Islam. Oleh itu, mereka sentiasa berusaha melobi bagi pembaharuan undang-undang keluarga Islam melalui undang-undang antarabangsa atau kesaksamaan jantina sebagai framework. Akibatnya, hak-hak wanita Islam dalam keluarga telah menjadi satu masalah berparadoks. Untuk keluar dari kebuntuan ini, kajian ini berpendapat untuk penyelesaian mediasi(wasatiyyah) dengan menggunakan analisis kandungan kritikal dari dua trend sebagai satu cara pembaharuan berasaskan syariah di Malaysia.Kata Kunci: Hak-hak Wanita, Reformis Islam, Pendekatan Konservatif, Analisis Kritikal.

Author Biography

Sayed Sikandar Shah Haneef, International Islamic University Malaysia
Professor, Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh, IIUM
Published
2017-08-01
How to Cite
HANEEF, Sayed Sikandar Shah. Modern Approaches to Islamic Family Law Reform The Need for a Balanced Approach in the Malaysian Context Pendekatan Moden Terhadap Reformasi Undang-Undang Keluarga Islam Keperluan Pendekatan Seimbang Dalam Konteks Malaysia. Journal of Islam in Asia, [S.l.], p. 203-219, aug. 2017. ISSN 2289-8077. Available at: <http://journals.iium.edu.my/jiasia/index.php/Islam/article/view/577>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2017.
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English Articles