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Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in Modern South Asia [Paperback]

Item : Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in Modern South Asia [Paperback]
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Author Author : Stephens, Julia
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1316626288
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781316626283
Publisher Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Pages Pages : 230
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 101275400

Stephens argues that encounters between Islam and British colonial rule in South Asia were fundamental to the evolution of modern secularism.Tracing the roots of contemporary debates about Islam, law, and secularism to colonial patterns of legal development, Julia Stephens reveals how contradictions within secular governance have led to persistent instabilities in the evolution of Islamic legal institutions in modern South Asia.Tracing the roots of contemporary debates about Islam, law, and secularism to colonial patterns of legal development, Julia Stephens reveals how contradictions within secular governance have led to persistent instabilities in the evolution of Islamic legal institutions in modern South Asia.Governing Islam traces the colonial roots of contemporary struggles between Islam and secularism in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The book uncovers the paradoxical workings of colonial laws that promised to separate secular and religious spheres, but instead fostered their vexed entanglement. It shows how religious laws governing families became embroiled with secular laws governing markets, and how calls to protect religious liberties clashed with freedom of the press. By following these interactions, Stephens asks us to reconsider where law is and what it is. Her narrative weaves between state courts, Islamic fatwas on ritual performance, and intimate marital disputes to reveal how deeply law penetrates everyday life. In her hands, law also serves many masters - from British officials to Islamic jurists to aggrieved Muslim wives. The resulting study shows how the neglected field of Muslim law in South Asia is essential to understanding current crises in global secularism.List of maps and figures; Acknowledgments; Note on translation, transliteration, and abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Forging secular legal governance; 2. Personal law and the problem of marital property; 3. Taming custom; 4. Ritual and the authority of reason; 5. Pathologizing Muslim sl3&

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