The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society

The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society

by Brinkley Messick
     
 

"Throws completely fresh light on non-colonial yet modern systems of legality and moral power. . . . The picture given of Islamic legal education and practice is one of the best available . . . a compelling read and a fine book for teaching."--Paul Dresch, Oxford UniversitySee more details below

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"Throws completely fresh light on non-colonial yet modern systems of legality and moral power. . . . The picture given of Islamic legal education and practice is one of the best available . . . a compelling read and a fine book for teaching."--Paul Dresch, Oxford University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520076051
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/29/1992
Series:
Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies Series
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.06(d)

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Brinkley Messick is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IAuthority13
Ch. 1Genealogies of the Text15
Ch. 2The Pen and the Sword37
Ch. 3Disenchantment54
Pt. IITransmission73
Ch. 4Audition75
Ch. 5The New Method99
Ch. 6Print Culture115
Pt. IIIInterpretation133
Ch. 7Relations of Interpretation135
Ch. 8Sharia Society152
Ch. 9Judicial Presence167
Ch. 10Court Order187
Pt. IVInscription201
Ch. 11Evidence of the Word203
Ch. 12Spiral Texts231
Conclusion251
Biographical Guide257
Glossary259
Notes265
Bibliography317
Index333

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