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This is an outstanding book. It is, amongst other things, about land, law, and power in the Punjab from the mid-nineteenth century to the present; about how Muslims might vote for shari'ah law but prefer customary law in practice; and about how power works at the local level in Pakistan. It is deeply thoughtful on the relationship among Islam, Islamic law, and democracy and no less thoughtful on a scholarly approach to these subjects. In the Shadow of Shari'ah will be read with admiration by scholars of Pakistan and also of the wider Muslim world for decades to come.
— Francis Robinson, professor of the history of South Asia, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Sultan of Oman Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies