Islamic Modern: Religious Courts and Cultural Politics in Malaysia / Edition 1

Islamic Modern: Religious Courts and Cultural Politics in Malaysia / Edition 1

by Michael G. Peletz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691095086

ISBN-13: 9780691095080

Pub. Date: 11/11/2002

Publisher: Princeton University Press

How do Islamic courts work? What sorts of cultural understandings inform judicial process and litigants' strategies? How do women's claims fare? Do these courts promote social tolerance? And how do states use them to consolidate power, build nations, and shape a modern citizenry? These are among the questions addressed in this book, which not only enhances our

Overview

How do Islamic courts work? What sorts of cultural understandings inform judicial process and litigants' strategies? How do women's claims fare? Do these courts promote social tolerance? And how do states use them to consolidate power, build nations, and shape a modern citizenry? These are among the questions addressed in this book, which not only enhances our understanding of diversity among and within the world's Muslim communities, but also provides ethnographic, historical, and transnational perspectives on contemporary Islam in the shifting landscape of a strategically important region of the world.

Focusing on Malaysia, which has sustained more rapid development than probably any other Muslim nation, Michael Peletz explores the culture, political economy, and history of Islamic courts. He demonstrates that they are centrally involved in the creation and policing of new Malay-Muslim identities (such as middle-class urban dwellers) that the state sees as the basis for a national polity that will be highly competitive. He also shows how and why Islamic courts are key sites in struggles involving ethnic and religious groups, social classes, political parties, and others with a major stake in defining Islam's role with respect to the maintenance of sovereignty and the achievement of modernity and civil society in an age of globalization.

Peletz deepens our knowledge of Islamic political development in a country very much concerned with forging an Islamic modernity viewed by its leaders as a viable alternative to Western-style modernization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691095080
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/11/2002
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF MAPS ix
LIST OF TABLES xi
FOREWORD xiii
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv
NOTE ON SPELLING, TERMINOLOGY, AND CURRENCY xix
INTRODUCTION 1
Background and Context
Methods
PART ONE: THE CULTURE, POLITICAL ECONOMY, AND HISTORY OF THE ISLAMIC COURTS 23
CHAPTER ONE: Locating Islamic Magistrates and Their Courts in History 25
Islamic Magistrates, Islamic Courts, and Islamic Law through the 1830s
Colonial Representations of Islamic Magistrates and Their Courts, 1840s-1880s
The Reorganization and Rationalization of the Courts, 1890s-1980s
CHAPTER TWO: The Work of the Courts 64
Background and Setting
Domains and Jurisdictions
Operations
The Cultural Logic of Judicial Process
CHAPTER THREE: Litigant Strategies and Patterns of Resistance 128
Women's Strategies and Experiences
Men's Strategies and Experiences
Patterns of Resistance and Oppositional Discourses
PART TWO: MODERNITY AND GOVERNMENTALITY IN ISLAMIC COURTS AND OTHER DOMAINS 193
CHAPTER FOUR: Reinscribing Authenticity and Identity 195
What's There and What's Not: The Said, the Unsaid, and the Unwritten
Reinscribing Authenticity and Identity
Rationalization and Resistance Revisited
CHAPTER FIVE: Producing Good Subjects, "Asian Values," and New Types of Criminality 239
A Note on Gender Pluralism, Transgender Practices, and the Long Durée
Narratives of "Asian Values" and the Rise of Social Intolerance
New Types of Criminality: Azizah, Anwar, and Beyond
CONCLUSION: Islam, Modernity, and Civil Society 277
Kinship Matters in the Dialectics of Civil Society and the State
Back to the Malaysian Future
NOTES 291
GLOSSARY OF FREQUENTLY USED MALAY TERMS 305
BIBLIOGRAPHY 307
INDEX 327

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