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2008 BYU L. Rev. 669 (2008)
Inter-Religious Marriage from Socio-Historical Islamic Perspectives

handle is hein.journals/byulr2008 and id is 685 raw text is: Inter-Religious Marriage from Socio-Historical
Islamic Perspectives
Noryamin Aini*
In 1986, popular Indonesian actor and singer Jamal Mirdad
married another popular Indonesian actor, Lydia Kandou.' The
marriage, however, was not as popular as were the two artists
because Jamal Mirdad is a Muslim and Lydia Kandou is a Christian.2
Another recent mixed marriage involved famous pop diva Yuni Sara,
a Muslim, and Henry Siahaan, a Protestant business man. Because
legal problems blocked their marriage in Indonesia, they were
married in another country.
These instances are not isolated, and are even becoming more
common as other public persons, notably actors and also lay people
have entered into inter-religious marriages (IRMs).3 Socially,
however, these marriages are on the fringe of Indonesian society, as
many Indonesians do not favor IRMs, and Indonesian law reflects
that view. IRMs are difficult to obtain in Indonesia; indeed, for many
Indonesians they are impossible to obtain. Some people view the
social issues surrounding IRM as human rights violations, although
this article does not concern itself with the human rights verdict.4
* Faculty of Sharia and Law, State Islamic University of Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta,
Indonesia. A draft of this paper was presented at the Fourteenth Annual International Law and
Religion Symposium at Brigham Young University, held on October 7-9, 2007 in the United
States in Provo, Utah. I am indebted to Tore Lindholm and Nicola Corbin who assisted me in
the early preparation of the paper. The participants of the conference helped me in other ways
to sharpen the content of the paper. Last, but not least, I am grateful to the editors of the BYU
Law Review who helped me in translating and developing the ideas of this paper.
1. While not well known in the West like Yuni Sara, Jamal Mirdad and Lydia Kandou
are very popular in Indonesia, performing in movies and on television. Running a search on
any Internet search engine will confirm their large body of work.
2. Mixing It Up, TEMPO, Nov. 6-12, 2001, available at http://www.tempo.co.id/
majalah/arsip/2nd/edition09/law-5 .html.
3. For example, Bucek Depp, a Muslim actor, married Unique Priscilla Maureta
Hadisoemarto, a TV personality and a Christian. See Mixing It Up, TEMPO, June 10, 2003,
available at http://www.tempo.co.id/majalah/arsip/lst/edition20/rel-2.html.
4. For a jurisdictional example of a couple filing a grievance on the ground of human rights
violation when their inter-religious marriage was prohibited in Malaysia and Indonesia, see Refugee
StatusAppealsAuthority, http://vww.refugee.org.nz/Fultext/72558-O1.htm.


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