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Gary R. Bunt

Aceh and Religious Authority

Ana Salvá, The Diplomat, Aceh, Indonesia: When Dating Meets Sharia Law

"According to academic Fuad Mardhotillah, who is on the group’s advisory board, the underlying problem with Sharia punishments is that they “are a misinterpretation of Islam.” He openly criticizes the government for caring only about people “when they are dating or drinking.” Despite the group having published several brochures and regularly organizing seminars, Mardhotillah laments that few people in Aceh pay attention to these issues."

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