Divorcing traditions : Islamic marriage law and the making of Indian secularism / Katherine Lemons.

Author
Lemons, Katherine [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press, 2019.
  • ©2019
Description
x, 232 pages ; 24 cm

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"This book seeks to reshape our understanding of secularism, Muslim law, and divorce in contemporary India. Drawing on the most seminal recent analyses of secularism--including those of Hussain Ali Agrama and Saba Mahmood, as well as the longstanding work of Talal Asad--Lemons argues that secularism in the post-colonial Indian context entails not the separation of religion from the state, but rather the state's definition and regulation of religion, and hence the inevitable intertwining of religion and politics. Neither a particular disposition, nor a particular content, the secular marks instead this regulatory interest of the state (as well as of non-state actors). This insight enables Lemons to show how a variety of arenas that respond to marital strife and adjudicate divorce among Muslims--ranging from women's arbitration centers (mahila panchayats), to jurists' fatwas, to "Shari'a" courts, to muftis' ritual healing practices--are engaged in the secular work of continually defining religion and law"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-225) and index.
Contents
  • Part I. The state
  • Regulating kinship under legal pluralism
  • Muslim divorce, secularism's crucible
  • Part II. The Qazi
  • Shari'a courts' family values
  • The converging jurisprudence of divorce
  • Part III. The Mufti
  • "Talaq, Talaq, Talaq..."
  • The healing jurist
  • Conclusion: Divorcing traditions.
ISBN
  • 9781501734762 (hardcover ; : alkaline paper)
  • 1501734768 (hardcover ; : alkaline paper)
  • 9781501734779 (paperback ; : alkaline paper)
  • 1501734776 (paperback ; : alkaline paper)
LCCN
2018032569
OCLC
1044768978
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