Dr Arskal Salim is currently Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University (AKU) Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC) London, United Kingdom. He received his PhD in Law from Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia. His undergraduate degree on Islamic law was from Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta, Indonesia. Before joining AKU-ISMC in October 2009, he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany, for almost three years, where he spent ten months in Aceh undertaking fieldwork on religion and legal pluralism in the post tsunami Aceh. Based on this fieldwork, he is now preparing a monograph with the working title: "Law as Contested Field: Religion, Custom and the State in Aceh". His publications include Challenging the Secular State: The Islamization of Laws in Modern Indonesia, Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 2008; The Shift in the Zakat Practice in Indonesia: From Piety to an Islamic Socio-Political-Economic System. Thailand: Silkwormbooks, 2008; and Shari'a and Politics in Modern Indonesia, Singapore: ISEAS, 2003.
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