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Non-muslim citizenship in Islamic law: juristic polemics and Malaysian reality

Ishak, Mohd. Shuhaimi (2015) Non-muslim citizenship in Islamic law: juristic polemics and Malaysian reality. In: 3rd International Conference on Social Science Research 2015, 8th & 9th June, 2015, Melia Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The status of non-Muslim minorities in a Muslim nation in present day societies is a contested issue in modern Islamic law. Most of Muslim legists advance the view that non-Muslim minorities cannot enjoy equal rights with Muslims as they are dhimmis. Another group arguing for equal rights, however, maintains that today`s Muslim nation states are totally new political structures to which much of the traditional aspects of classical Islamic law including the notion of dimmah does not apply. This study attempts to show that the traditional concept of dhimmi still somewhat defines the position of non-Muslim minorities in the thinking of the legal scholars. Nevertheless, on critical and fundamental issues of rights, non-Muslims in Malaysia enjoy much greater rights which their counterparts in Muslim majority countries never dreamt of during pre-modern times.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 4676/43936 ISBN : 978-967-0792-04-0
Uncontrolled Keywords: dhimmah, privileged, protection, Malaysia, non-Muslim
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
K Law > KPG Malaysia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Asst. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Shuhaimi Ishak
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 11:53
Last Modified: 24 May 2016 09:11
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/43936

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