The selective application of sharia law in Aceh, Indonesia
Last week, the public caning of two gay men in the Indonesian province of Aceh sparked outcry around the world. But it’s not an entirely new development – the province has been governed by strict Islamic law for around 16 years now. What is life there like? Do non-Muslims have to abide by these rules and could other regions join Aceh in introducing sharia law in the near future?
Professor Greg Fealy, a specialist on Indonesia at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, joins the Monday Daily to discuss how Sharia law works in this special autonomous province of Indonesia.