Iza R. Hussin, "The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority, and the Making of the Muslim State"
English | 2016 | ISBN-10: 022632334X, 022632320X | 352 pages | PDF | 2 MB
In The Politics of Islamic Law, Iza Hussin compares India, Malaya, and Egypt during the British colonial period in order to trace the making and transformation of the contemporary category of â€˜Islamic law. She demonstrates that not only is Islamic law not the shariah, its present institutional forms, substantive content, symbolic vocabulary, and relationship to state and society-in short, its politics-are built upon foundations laid during the colonial encounter.
Drawing on extensive archival work in English, Arabic, and Malay-from court records to colonial and local papers to private letters and visual material-Hussin offers a view of politics in the colonial period as an iterative series of negotiations between local and colonial powers in multiple locations. She shows how this resulted in a paradox, centralizing Islamic law at the same time that it limited its reach to family and ritual matters, and produced a transformation in the Muslim state, providing the frame within which Islam is articulated today, setting the agenda for ongoing legislation and policy, and defining the limits of change. Combining a genealogy of law with a political analysis of its institutional dynamics, this book offers an up-close look at the ways in which global transformations are realized at the local level.