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Author Lemons, Katherine, author.

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

Publication Info. Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press, 2019.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 232 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "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.
Contents Islamic law as a secular practice -- Personal law and the crisis of Muslim divorce -- The rhetoric of divorce : perseverence, property, and the private family -- Neither alternative nor parallel : the Dar ul Qaza's non-state secularism -- The belatedness of law : fatwas and the political economy of divorce -- The court of God's word : spiritual healing as embodied adjudication -- Conclusion : particular but not exceptional : Indian secularism and minority traditions.
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Subject Divorce (Islamic law) -- India.
Divorce -- Law and legislation -- India.
Islam and state -- India.
Secularism -- India.
Legal polycentricity -- India.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Lemons, Katherine. Divorcing traditions. Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press, 2019 9781501734762 (DLC) 2018032569 (OCoLC)1044768978
ISBN 9781501734786 (electronic book)
1501734784 (electronic book)
9781501734793 (electronic book)
1501734792 (electronic book)
9781501734762 (hardcover)