M.L. (Latif) Fauzi

  • PhD student
  • Islam, Tradition, Family Law and Legal Development in Indonesia

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 8821
E-Mail: m.l.fauzi@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Indonesie
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.04b

Islam, Law, and Divorce in Java: Public Reasoning and Legal Practices of Taklik Talak

Supervisor: Prof. dr. L.P.H.M. Buskens

This research is concerned with the vibrant development of marriage and divorce in Indonesia, especially amidst Javanese society constituting the largest part of the nation population. This study will give a special attention to the discourse and practice of taklik talak (Arabic: ta’liq al-talaq), a special feature of divorce involving the interrelated relationship between customary (adat) and Islamic law, in the pre and post Indonesian independence. Taklik talak is a sort of conditions pronounced by a husband at the conclusion of a marriage where the non-fulfilment of which a wife may request for repudiation to religious courts. The research will relate this taklik talak institution to the meaning of marriage and divorce in contemporary Javanese Muslim society.

The research believes that, along with social changes and modernization taking place in Java, taklik talak challenges men and women social power relation and influences the way how women, religious leaders, and judges in religious courts contest and negotiate the notion of women access to divorce. The discussion will be linked with broader debates among ulama’, Islamic legal practitioners, academics, activists on women issues, and society at large on Islamic legal reform and the demand for the certainty in women legal status in Indonesia. This research will interrelate some key concepts such as the relation of Islamic and adat law, marriage, divorce, state’s interpretation, women legal status, gender power relation, and public reasoning.




PhD in Asian Studies, Leiden University
2007-2008: MA in Islamic Studies, Leiden University (cum laude). Thesis: 

Master in Islamic Studies, State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, (cum laude). Thesis:


BA in Islamic law, Islamic University of Indonesia (UII) Yogyakarta (cum laude).



lecturer on Islamic law and methodology of Islamic studies at Shari’a Faculty, State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) of Surakarta


project coordinator of research and training on ‘Islam and Human Rights’, Centre for Islamic Studies, Islamic University of Indonesia in cooperation with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Oslo University, Norway


  • PhD Scholarship, Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, 2015

  • Training Indonesia's Young Leaders Programmes, MA Programme, Leiden University, 2007-2008

  • Upgrading the Capacity of Graduates of Islamic Higher Education. Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, 2006

  • Excellent Bachelor Student Scholarship, Islamic University of Indonesia, Yogyakarta, 2000-2004.


  • Traditional Islam in Javanese Society: The Roles of Kyai and Pesantren in Preserving Islamic Tradition and Negotiating with Modernity, Journal of Indonesian Islam, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012.

  • Religious Symbolism and Democracy Encountered: A Case of Prostitution Bylaw of Bantul, Al-Jami’ah, Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1, 2012.

  • Mendialogkan HAM dan Syariah: Pembelajaran HAM di Kampus-kampus Islam, Yogyakarta: PSI UII, 2012. (main author)
  • Teks Kajen dan Serat Cebolek sebagai Model Pembelajaran Resolusi Konflik: Studi Metaetika, Yogyakarta: PSI UII, 2012. (co-author)
  • Apakah Islam Membenarkan Kekerasan terhadap Pelacur (yang dilacurkan)? Jakarta: KIAS, the Wahid Institute, and LBH APIK, 2011.
  • Islamic Family Law in Disputes: Reading the Open Gate of Indonesian Ijtihâd to the Criticism of the Kompilasi, Qanun, Journal of Islamic Law, 1, February 2010, pp. 19-38.
  • Membaca Ulang Perkawinan Beda Agama” in Tim Penulis, Bersikap Adil Jender: Manifesto Keberagamaan Keluarga Jogja, Yogyakarta: PSI UII, 2009 (book chapter).
  • Bagaimanakah Generasi Fikih Indonesia Mendatang, Millah – Jurnal Studi Agama, August 2008 (book review).
  • Good Governance and the Emergence of Public Sphere: Gazing upon the Reform of Islamic law in Indonesia, Millah – Jurnal Studi Agama, August 2007.

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