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Polygamy debate flares up as Aceh plans to regulate practice

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, July 12, 2019   /  02:00 pm
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Three interlocked wedding bands illustrate polygamy. While public debate on polygamy dates back to the pre-independence era, it appears that the practice is seeing renewed interest among Indonesian Muslims today – in part due to social media, says one lecturer.(Shutterstock/File)

The Aceh legislature’s plan to pass a bylaw that eases restrictions on polygamy has reignited public debate on the controversial practice. While Muslim women in the country have objected to polygamy since the colonial era, the practice has gained popularity in recent years. Polygamy “classes” have been set up to help men “find four wives quickly”, and even Ayo Poligami (“go polygamy”) – a Tinder-like dating app – has been developed for those interested in polygamous marriages. Many conservative Muslims believe that Islam permits or even encourages polygamy, while others, particularly women, say that the Quran restricts polygamy and does not allow it to be practiced freely. The heart of the controversy lies in the Quran’s Surah An-Nisa, verse 3: “And if you have ...