Religion and Personal Law in Secular India: A Call to Judgment

Religion and Personal Law in Secular India: A Call to Judgment

by Gerald James Larson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253339901

ISBN-13: 9780253339904

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: Indiana University Press

With no written uniform civil code of law, in matters of personal law concerning such matters as marriage, parentage, and inheritance—individuals of different religious backgrounds must appeal to their respective religious laws for guidance or rulings. These essays provide a comprehensive look into the issues and challenges that India faces as it tries to put a

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With no written uniform civil code of law, in matters of personal law concerning such matters as marriage, parentage, and inheritance—individuals of different religious backgrounds must appeal to their respective religious laws for guidance or rulings. These essays provide a comprehensive look into the issues and challenges that India faces as it tries to put a uniform civil code into practice. Readers seeking deeper understandings of Indian history and culture will find a sensitive handling of the tensions between religious law and the claims of a modern, secular state in this timely volume.

Author Biography: Gerald James Larson is Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Indian Cultures and Civilization and Director of the India Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of India's Agony over Religion and Classical Samkhya: An Interpretation of Its History and Meaning and co-editor of Interpreting across Boundaries: New Essays in Comparative Philosophy and The Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, vol. 4, Samkhya: A Dualist Tradition in Indian Philosophy.

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ISBN-13:
9780253339904
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Secular State in a Religious Society Gerald James Larson
Part 1. The Secular State and Legal Pluralism: The Current Debate and Its Historical Antecedents
1. Religion, Personal Law and Identity Granville Austin
2. Religious Minorities and the Law Ruma Pal
3. Living with Difference in India: Legal Pluralism and Legal Universalism in Historical Context Susanne Hoeber Rudolph and Lloyd I. Rudolph
Part 2. Religious Endowments, Reservations Law, and Criminal Law
4. Religious and Charitable Endowments and a Uniform Civil Code John H. Mansfield
5. Personal Law and Reservations: Volition and Religion in Contemporary India Laura Dudley Jenkins
6. The Uniform Civil Code Debate: Lessons from the Criminal Procedures Arvind Verma
Part 3. Personal Law and Issues of Gender
7. Gender Implications for a Uniform Civil Code Robert D. Baird
8. The Personal and the Political: Indian Women and Inheritance Law Srimati Basu
9. Colonialism, Nationalism, and Gendered Legal Subjectivities: Observations on the Historical Destruction of Separate Legal Regimes Kunal M. Parker
10. Who Was Roop Kanwar? Sati, Law, Religion, and Post-Colonial Feminism in Contemporary India Paul Courtright and Namita Goswami
11. "Where Will She Go? What Will She Do?" Paternalism towards Women in the Administration of Muslim Family Law in Contemporary India Sylvia Vatuk
Part 4. Cross-Cultural Perspectives
12. Affirmative Action in the United States and the Reservation System in India: Some Comparative Perspectives Kevin Brown
13. Personal Law Systems and Religious Conflict: A Comparison of India and Israel MarcGalanter and Jayanth Krishnan
14. The Road to Xanadu: India's Quest for Secularism Rajeev Dhavan
Some Continuing Issues William D. Popkin
Bibliographical Note Gerald James Larson
Contributors
Index

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