'... John Bowen has presented one of the most comprehensive studies of the workings of legal pluralism in Indonesia ... impressive. This is indeed a book that should be read by all interested in the origins, processes and consequences of legal pluralism in Indonesia and the problems of gender equality and justice.' Asian Anthropology
'The latest volume of Bowen's Gayo trilogy is superb anthropology.' Rezensionen
In Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, Muslims struggle to reconcile radically different sets of social norms and laws, including those derived from Islam, local social norms, and contemporary ideas about gender equality and law. Here, John Bowen explores this struggle through archival and ethnographic research and through interviews with national religious and legal figures. The book speaks to debates in any society where people struggle to live together with deep differences in values and ways of life. It will be welcomed by scholars and students across the social sciences.