Muslim Women and Globalization

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 processof 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 theprocess 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 ideasand 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 inAustralia and Indonesia, and implementation of the refugees law in Australia. But her particular interests are Islamic Law and humanitarian gender issues.