Fatwa Pluralism on Zakat in Indonesia

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Hilman Latief


This paper examines the production of fatwas and pluralism of Islamic legal perspectives  on almsgiving (zakat) issued by Muslim civil society organizations in Indonesia and analyses the goals, methods, and logics of Islamic scholars in formulating their religious judgments (fatwa). Religious teachings have been instrumental in underpinning the spirit of giving and volunteering. Yet, questions about how religious teachings are interpreted through various Islamic legal examination  remain interesting to discuss, partly because the nuances of fatwa on zakat in the Indonesian context indicate Indonesian Muslims' pluralistic and dynamics receptions towards Islamic teachings. Some Muslim civil society organizations have produced hundreeds of fatwas on zakat in response to Muslim communities' questions. This paper argues that while fatwas have been created to solve Muslim society's recent problems, the processes involved in the production of fatwa on philanthropy in the Indonesia context has led to plurality and fragmentation of zakat practices in Indonesia. 

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Latief, H. (2022). Fatwa Pluralism on Zakat in Indonesia . Journal of Muslim Philanthropy &Amp; Civil Society, 6(2). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/muslimphilanthropy/article/view/4688
Author Biography

Hilman Latief, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta

Hilman Latief completed obtained Ph.D. (Philosophy of Doctor) degree from Utrecht University-the Netherlands in 2012. He was (2013) a research fellow at KITLV (The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies/Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde). In 2014, he was granted Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University. He has been a faculty member for many years in the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY).