Sharia Dynamics

Islamic Law and Sociopolitical Processes

  • Timothy P. Daniels

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sharia and Discursive Tradition

  3. Sharia, State, and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. James D. Frankel
      Pages 119-139
  4. Sharia and Gender

  5. Sharia and Religious Pluralism

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 325-364

About this book


This multidisciplinary volume explores the role of Islamic law within the dynamic processes of postcolonial transformation, nation building, and social reform. Here, eleven international scholars examine Islamic law in several contemporary sociopolitical contexts, focusing specifically on  Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, Tunisia, Nigeria, the United States, and the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).  The contributors also address the entanglement of Islamic law and ethics with the history of Muslim religious discourses, shifts toward modernity, gender relations, and efforts to construct exclusive or plural national communities. Sharia Dynamics, at once enchanting and enlightening, is a must-read for scholars of contemporary Islam. 


Islamic law Sociopolitical conflicts Asia Middle East Worship Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy P. Daniels
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

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