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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253214805
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Secular State in Religious Society
Pt. I The Secular State and Legal Pluralism: The Current Debate and Historical Antecedents
1 Religion, Personal Law, and Identity in India
2 Religious Minorities and the Law
3 Living with Difference in India: Legal Pluralism and Legal Universalism in Historical Context
Pt. II Religious Endowments, Reservations Law, and Criminal Law
4 Religious and Charitable Endowments and a Uniform Civil Code
5 Personal Law and Reservations: Volition and Religion in Contemporary India
6 The Uniform Civil Code Debate: Lessons from the Criminal Procedures
Pt. III Personal Law and Issues of Gender
7 Gender Implications for a Uniform Civil Code
8 The Personal and the Political: Indian Women and Inheritance Law
9 Observations on the Historical Destruction of Separate Legal Regimes
10 Who Was Roop Kanwar? Sati, Law, Religion, and Postcolonial Feminism
11 "Where Will She Go? What Will She Do?" Paternalism toward Women in the Administration of Muslim Personal Law in Contemporary India
Pt. IV Cross-Cultural Perspectives
12 Affirmative Action in the United States and the Reservation System in India: Some Comparative Comments
13 Personal Law Systems and Religious Conflict: A Comparison of India and Israel
14 The Road to Xanadu: India's Quest for Secularism
Some Continuing Issues
Bibliographical Note
Contributors
Index
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