Wardatun, Atun (2019) The social practice of mahr among Bimanese muslims modifying rules, negotiating roles. In: Women and Property Rights in Indonesian Islamic Legal Contexts. Brill, Boston, pp. 15-29. ISBN 978-90-04-38629-7

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ENGLISH Social anthropologists have long emphasized the importance of studying payments attendant on marriage (Evans-Pritchard, 1946; Goody & Tambiah, 1973; Moors, 1994). In many societies, these payments form a material outline of relations of status, economy, and gender. Furthermore, only by following payments across families, social classes, and villages can we grasp these complexities. The ramifications of material gifts and exchanges are not captured by statements of rules, but require an ethnographic study that allows us to capture considerations that often are not announced publicly. This study shows that to understand a complex social phenomenon such as marriage payments, we must attend to Muslims’ ideas, emotions, and narratives in a particular place. Islam becomes part of these accounts in the form that local people give to it, in the ways they interpret sacred texts and Islamic traditions. The above examples of ampa co’i ndai illustrate that the mahr payment practice in Bima does not simply follow the Islamic legal text, which dic tates that men should be the providers and women the receivers, but instead is adapted to individual circumstances. The ideal is also modified to fit with social practice, bridging ‘what should be’ with ‘what could be’ by providing the best solution to any given situation. Bimanese firmly hold to the belief that marriage is a joint investment (kacampo fu’u). If grooms demonstrate economic responsibility and good character, and have been screened through the ngge’e nuru tradition, the practice of ampa co’i ndai becomes possible in certain circumstances. This practice is also employed by some Bimanese women to enable them to acquire power in their marriage, which helps them maintain their new family’s stability and their family of origin’s status. In this case as in so many others, it is only when we study both people’s intentions and subjectivities, and also the broad social and economic context, that we start to see how social institutions of marriage work.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: mahr; Bimanese muslims; social practice; modifying
Subjects: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180128 Islamic Family Law > 18012804 Mahr (Dowry)
Divisions: Fakultas Syariah > Jurusan Hukum Keluarga Islam
Depositing User: mrs Nuraeni S.IPi
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2021 04:11
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2021 04:25
URI: http://repository.uinmataram.ac.id/id/eprint/324

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