SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

The Politics of Shari’a Law

Dr. Michael Buehler, Dr. Sidney Jones, Dr. Chris Chaplin

Date: 20 February 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 20 February 2017Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Book Launch

Dr. Michael Buehler presents his new book, 'The Politics of Shari’a Law.'

The Islamization of politics in Indonesia after 1998 presents an underexplored puzzle: why has there been a rise in the number of Shari'a laws despite the electoral decline of Islamist parties?

Dr. Michael Buehler presents an analysis of the conditions under which Islamist activists situated outside formal party politics may capture and exert influence in Muslim-majority countries facing democratization. His analysis shows that introducing competitive elections creates new pressures for entrenched elites to mobilize and structure the electorate, thereby opening up new opportunities for Islamist activists to influence politics.

Dr. Buehler's analysis of changing state-religion relations in formerly authoritarian Islamic countries illuminates broader theoretical debates on Islamization in the context of democratization.


Dr. Sidney Jones, Director, Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dr. Chris Chaplin, Research Fellow, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, The Netherlands.

The BBC has written an article about this event.


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