The Politics Of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, And The Making Of The Muslim State by Iza R. HussinThe Politics Of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, And The Making Of The Muslim State by Iza R. Hussin

The Politics Of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, And The Making Of The Muslim State

byIza R. Hussin

Hardcover | March 31, 2016

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In The Politics of Islamic Law, Iza Hussin compares India, Malaya, and Egypt during the British colonial period in order to trace the making and transformation of the contemporary category of ‘Islamic law.’ She demonstrates that not only is Islamic law not the shari’ah, its present institutional forms, substantive content, symbolic vocabulary, and relationship to state and society—in short, its politics—are built upon foundations laid during the colonial encounter.
           
Drawing on extensive archival work in English, Arabic, and Malay—from court records to colonial and local papers to private letters and visual material—Hussin offers a view of politics in the colonial period as an iterative series of negotiations between local and colonial powers in multiple locations. She shows how this resulted in a paradox, centralizing Islamic law at the same time that it limited its reach to family and ritual matters, and produced a transformation in the Muslim state, providing the frame within which Islam is articulated today, setting the agenda for ongoing legislation and policy, and defining the limits of change. Combining a genealogy of law with a political analysis of its institutional dynamics, this book offers an up-close look at the ways in which global transformations are realized at the local level. 
Iza Hussin is a university lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and the Mohamed Noah Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge. 
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Title:The Politics Of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, And The Making Of The Muslim StateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:March 31, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022632320X

ISBN - 13:9780226323206

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Part One: Contexts
Chapter One: The Historical Roots of a Contemporary Puzzle
Chapter Two: Mapping the Transformation

Part Two: Treaties, Trials and Representations
Chapter Three: The Irony of Jurisdiction: Whose Law Is Islamic Law?
Chapter Four: Trying Islamic Law: Trials in and of Islamic Law
Chapter Five: Making the Muslim State: Islamic Law and the Politics of Representation

Part Three: The Paradox of Islamic Law
Chapter Six: The Colonial Politics of Islamic Law
Chapter Seven: The Contemporary Politics of Islamic Law

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“The Politics of Islamic Law is a remarkable book, both for its breadth and lucidity. The archive that Hussin plumbs is vast (Malaya, India, Egypt) and her analysis sharp. In clear prose she shows the various ways in which British colonial rule transformed Islamic law to fit the requirements of the modern state. This is an important contribution that unsettles a number of assumptions about Islamic law and its modern history.”