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Quran expert says nonmarital sex is allowed in Islam. He now has second thoughts after conservative backlash

  • Bambang Muryanto and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Yogyakarta and Jakarta   /   Thu, September 5, 2019   /  08:28 am
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Does the Quran allow Muslims to have sex outside of marriage? Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University (UIN Sunan Kalijaga) doctoral candidate Abdul Aziz’s answer to that question seemed to be yes, but following an uproar from conservative Muslims, he has backed off his stance. Aziz’s dissertation, which argues that nonmarital sex is permitted under Islamic law, caught media attention after he completed his doctoral defense last Wednesday. “Sexual intercourse, both marital and nonmarital, is a sexual human right that is protected by the state. In Islamic legal tradition, however, it is marital intercourse that is legal, while nonmarital intercourse is not,” Aziz wrote in the dissertation’s abstract. “This study is aimed to discover a new theory that can be used to justify the legality of nonmarital intercourse.” Initially, the dissertatio...