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Pronouncing and Persevering : Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court - Susan Hirsch

Pronouncing and Persevering

Gender and the Discourses of Disputing in an African Islamic Court

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Published: 1st January 1998
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The title of Susan Hirsch's study of disputes involving Swahili Muslims in coastal Kenya reflects the image of gender relations most commonly associated with Islamic law. Men need only "pronounce" divorce to resolve marital conflicts, while embattled and embittered wives must persevere by silently enduring marital hardships. But Hirsch's observations of Islamic courts uncover how Muslim women actively use legal processes to transform their domestic lives, achieving victories on some fronts but reinforcing their image as subordinate to men through the speech they produce in court.
"Pronouncing and Persevering" focuses closely on the language used in disputes, particularly how men and women narrate their claims and how their speech shapes and is shaped by gender hierarchy in postcolonial Swahili society. Based on field research and court testimony, Hirsch's book debunks the conventional view that women are powerless under Islamic law and challenges the dichotomies through which Islam and gender relations are currently understood.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Legal Processes and the Discursive Construction of Gender
Representations of Swahili Society
Analyzing Talk about Trouble
The Discourses of Marital Disputing
Marital Disputing in Kadhi's Courts
Indexing Gender: Initial Courtroom Narratives
Constructing Audience: Interaction in Cases and Mediations
Portraying Gendered Speakers: Reported Conversations
Pronouncing and Persevering: Ideology and Metalinguistics in Disputes
Conclusion
Glossary
Features of Transcription
Case Summaries
Kiswahili Texts
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226344645
ISBN-10: 0226344649
Series: Language & Legal Discourse S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51