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Islamic Modern : Religious Courts and Cultural Politics in Malaysia - Michael G. Peletz

Islamic Modern

Religious Courts and Cultural Politics in Malaysia

Paperback Published: 1st December 2002
ISBN: 9780691095080
Number Of Pages: 368

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How do Islamic courts work? What sorts of cultural understandings inform judicial process and litigants' strategies? How do women's claims fare? Do these courts promote social tolerance? And how do states use them to consolidate power, build nations, and shape a modern citizenry? These are among the questions addressed in this book, which not only enhances our understanding of diversity among and within the world's Muslim communities, but also provides ethnographic, historical, and transnational perspectives on contemporary Islam in the shifting landscape of a strategically important region of the world.

Focusing on Malaysia, which has sustained more rapid development than probably any other Muslim nation, Michael Peletz explores the culture, political economy, and history of Islamic courts. He demonstrates that they are centrally involved in the creation and policing of new Malay-Muslim identities (such as middle-class urban dwellers) that the state sees as the basis for a national polity that will be highly competitive. He also shows how and why Islamic courts are key sites in struggles involving ethnic and religious groups, social classes, political parties, and others with a major stake in defining Islam's role with respect to the maintenance of sovereignty and the achievement of modernity and civil society in an age of globalization.

Peletz deepens our knowledge of Islamic political development in a country very much concerned with forging an Islamic modernity viewed by its leaders as a viable alternative to Western-style modernization.

"The author's ethnography is incredibly thorough and rich in detail, which distinguishes this volume among contemporary treatments of Muslim legal systems. Peletz undoubtedly establishes a new standard here... Islamic Modern stands out as a masterful integration of rich ethnography and important themes from contemporary social theory."--Peter Mandaville, International Sociology "In a brief review it is impossible to convey the rich texture of the material and style of an impressive amount of research over many years. Unquestionably, this volume supercedes the only previous attempt in English ... in understanding the intersection between the legal, ethical, moral, and customary domains of Muslim family law at the community level."--Judith Nagata, Pacific Affairs "[Peletz's] evidence is vividly presented. Consequently, this will be a valuable book for cross-cultural comparison for the contribution it makes both to legal anthropology and to understanding the articulation of Islamic values in contemporary settings."--C.W. Watson, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

List of Mapsp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Note on Spelling, Terminology, and Currencyp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Background and Context
Methods
The Culture, Political Economy, and History of the Islamic Courtsp. 23
Locating Islamic Magistrates and Their Courts in Historyp. 25
Islamic Magistrates, Islamic Courts, and Islamic Law through the 1830s
Colonial Representations of Islamic Magistrates and Their Courts, 1840s-1880s
The Reorganization and Rationalization of the Courts, 1890s-1980s
The Work of the Courtsp. 64
Background and Setting
Domains and Jurisdictions
Operations
The Cultural Logic of Judicial Process
Litigant Strategies and Patterns of Resistancep. 128
Women's Strategies and Experiences
Men's Strategies and Experiences
Patterns of Resistance and Oppositional Discourses
Modernity and Governmentality in Islamic Courts and Other Domainsp. 193
Reinscribing Authenticity and Identityp. 195
What's There and What's Not: The Said, the Unsaid, and the Unwritten
Reinscribing Authenticity and Identity
Rationalization and Resistance Revisited
Producing Good Subjects, "Asian Values," and New Types of Criminalityp. 239
A Note on Gender Pluralism, Transgender Practices, and the Long Duree
Narratives of "Asian Values" and the Rise of Social Intolerance
New Types of Criminality: Azizah, Anwar, and Beyond
Conclusion: Islam, Modernity, and Civil Societyp. 277
Kinship Matters in the Dialectics of Civil Society and the State
Back to the Malaysian Future
Notesp. 291
Glossary of Frequently Used Malay Termsp. 305
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780691095080
ISBN-10: 0691095086
Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st December 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52