[Blueboard] Muslim Women and Globalization

lyjose at ateneo.edu lyjose at ateneo.edu
Tue Aug 7 20:12:41 PHT 2007

(thanks for posting again)

The ATENEO CENTER FOR ASIAN STUDIES (ACAS) in cooperation with the
Departments of History and Political Science cordially invites you to a
talk on



Rina Shahriyani Shahrullah, Ph.D.

On August 14, 2007 (Tuesday), 4:30- 6:00 P.M.
Ching Tan Room (SOM 111)


Indonesia, like most countries in the world, is experiencing the process
of globalization. Indonesian Muslim women are expected to get involved in
this process, just like members of other communities. Although Indonesia
is not an Islamic state under the Constitution, majority of Indonesians
embrace Islam and Islamic values are integrated into their values and
cultures. The crux of the matter is the misperception that Muslim women
cannot fully participate in the process of globalization because Islam
restricts their "freedom." Many people, especially non-Muslims, say that
Islam does not grant equal status to men and women. This paper argues
that the requirement of equal and fair treatment to women is very much
emphasized in Islam and that Muslim women can also participate in the
process of globalization. Indonesian Muslim women are involved in almost
all aspects of life: education, economy, science, politics, governance,
and so forth. Muslim women in Indonesia also interact with modern ideas
and technologies.  However, in the context of Islam, the term "equality"
is not identical with "sameness."' Hence, it is a challenge for
Indonesian Muslim women to be pro-active agents of globalization without
losing their identity as Muslims.


Dr. Rina Shahriyani Shahrullah, a fellow of the Asian Public Intellectual
(API) and the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS), is researching on
human trafficking. She is a lecturer in Universitas Internasional Batam
Faculty of Law, where she teaches International Law, Comparative Law,
Legal Research Methodology, Alternative Dispute Resolution and
Arbitration. She has done research on issues regarding Indochinese
refugees in Canada and Indonesia, comparative legal research in the areas
of business law in Australia, international commercial arbitration in
Australia and Indonesia, and implementation of the refugees law in
Australia. But her particular interests are Islamic Law and humanitarian
gender issues.

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