Governing Islam' traces the colonial roots of contemporary struggles between Islam and secularism in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The book uncovers the paradoxical workings of colonial laws that promised to separate secular and religious spheres, but instead fostered their vexed entanglement. It shows how religious laws governing families became embroiled with secular laws governing markets, and how calls to protect religious liberties clashed with freedom of the press. By following these interactions, Stephens asks us to reconsider where law is and what it is.
Introduction -- Forging secular legal governance -- Personal law and the problem of marital property -- Taming custom -- Ritual and the authority of reason -- Pathologizing Muslim sentiment -- Islamic economy : a forgone alternative -- Conclusion
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