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An Islamic Court in Context : An Ethnographic Study of Judicial Reasoning (Hardcover)

Author: Stiles, Erin E.

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This perceptive ethnographic study offers insight into the workings of the contemporary Islamic legal system. Based on fieldwork in Zanzibar, Stiles sheds light on how people understand and use Islamic legal ideas in marital disputes and on the judicial reasoning and litigant activity in Islamic family court. Presenting distinct interpretations, this book shows that Islamic judges ("kadhi"s), clerks, and litigants reason using not only their understandings of Islamic law but also their views of real and ideal marital behavior, local authority, and the court''s role in the community. Stiles'' account provides a compelling and far-reaching contribution to socio-legal scholarship.


Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Mfg Part# 9780230617407
SKU 211578600
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0230617409
Release Date 11/24/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0221
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
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