Publisher: Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS)

ISBN: 978-981-07-1245-7

Published: 2012

No. of pages: 356

This revised publication is the outcome of the Conference on Religious Activism and Women’s Development in Southeast Asia, held in Singapore, 20-21 November 2009. The Conference was organised by the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA).


Expanding the Horizons of Possibility in Muslim Normative Religio-Cultural Life by Farish A Noor

Dominant Ideas in Scholarship on Women and Religion

  • Dominant Themes in Contemporary Scholarship on Islam and Women by Noor Aisha Abdul Rahaman
  • Rereading Buddhist Tradition, Redressing Problems for Women in Thai Societyby Suwanna Satha-Anand
  • Patriarchal Christianity in Asia and the Challenge of Feminist Scholarship by Mathew Mathews
  • “I am chosen by God…”: The Rule of Sulatanah Safiatuddin Syah of Aceh Dar al-Salam 1641-75 by Sher Banu A Latiff Khan

The Religious Elite and Perceptions of Women

  • The Religious Elite and Perceptions of Women in Indonesia by Elga Joan Sarapung
  • The Religious Elite and Perceptions of Women from the Buddhist Perspective in Thailand by Parichart Suwanbubbha
  • Muslim Elites’ Perceptions of Women: A General Survey by Pradana Boy Zulian

Women, the Family and Reproductive Health

  • Roles and Challenges for Muslim Women in the Restive Southern Border Provinces of Thailand by Angkhana Neelapaijit
  • The Syariah in Malaysia: With a Focus on the Muslim Family and Poverty by Maznah Mohamad
  • The War on Women’s Bodies: Religious Fundamentalisms and the Struggle for Reproductive and Sexual Rights by Sylvia Estrada-Claudio

Women and the Law

  • Women and the Law: The Case of the Muslims in the Philippines by Mariam A V Mastura
  • Muslim Personal Law in Singapore and Issues Affecting Women by Halijah Mohamad
  • The Impact of International Instruments on Women’s Rights and Family Well-Being in Malaysia: Challenges and Prospects for Reform by Najibah Mohd Zin
  • Islamic Family Law and Women Empowerment in Indonesia: Legal Reforms and Judges’ Works by Euis Nurlaelawati

Women, Education and Social Change

  • Muslim Women, Education and Social Change: A Philippine Case  by Amina Rasul-Bernardo
  • Toward Just Marital Law in Indonesia: Promoting Gender Equality in Islam by Siti Musdah Mulia

Women and the Politics of Social Movements

  • Islamic Feminism and Gender Justice: A Reflection from Indonesia by Lily Zakiyah Munir
  • The Struggle for Gender Equality as Social Movement: Dilemmas and Challenges by Aurora Javate de Dios
  • Women and the Politics of Social Movement in Malaysia by Shariza Kamarudin


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