The Calligraphic State / Edition 1

The Calligraphic State / Edition 1

by Brinkley Messick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520205154

ISBN-13: 9780520205154

Pub. Date: 06/16/1996

Publisher: University of California Press


In this innovative combination of anthropology, history, and postmodern theory, Brinkley Messick examines the changing relation of writing and authority in a Muslim society from the late nineteenth century to the present. The creation and interpretation of texts, from sacred scriptures to administrative and legal contracts, are among the fundamental ways that…  See more details below

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In this innovative combination of anthropology, history, and postmodern theory, Brinkley Messick examines the changing relation of writing and authority in a Muslim society from the late nineteenth century to the present. The creation and interpretation of texts, from sacred scriptures to administrative and legal contracts, are among the fundamental ways that authority is established and maintained in a complex state. Yet few scholars have explored this process and the ways in which it changes, especially outside the Western world.

Messick brings together intensive ethnography and textual analysis from a wealth of material: Islamic jurisprudence, Yemeni histories, local documents. In exploring the structure and transformation of literacy, law, and statecraft in Yemen, he raises important issues that are of comparative significance for understanding political life in other Muslim and nonwestern states as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520205154
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/16/1996
Series:
Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
1,430,513
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.88(d)

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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