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Islam and Law in Lebanon: Sharia Within and Without the State

Morgan Clarke, University of Oxford
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9781107186316, 1107186315, 9781316637142, 131663714X
Summary
"The modern state of Lebanon, created after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, is home to eighteen officially recognised different religious communities (or sects). Crucially, political office and representation came to be formally shared along confessional lines, and the privileges of power are distributed accordingly. One such key prerogative is exclusivity when it comes to personal status laws: the family legal affairs of each community. In this book, Morgan Clarke offers an authoritative and dynamic account of how the sharia is invoked both with Lebanon's state legal system, as Muslim family law, and outside it, as a framework for an Islamic life and society. By bringing together an in-depth analysis of Lebanon's state-sponsored sharia courts with a look at the wider world of religious instruction, this book highlights the breadth of the sharia and the complexity of the contexts within which it is embedded"--
Contents
  • Part I. Contextualising Sharia discourse in Lebanon
  • Court, community and state: a legal genealogy
  • The consequences for civility
  • Becoming a shaykh
  • Lessons in the mosque
  • Part II. Sharia within the state
  • Introducing the Sharia courts
  • Marriage before God and the state
  • Bringing a case
  • Rulings and reconciliation
  • The judge as tragic hero
  • The wider world of the Sharia
  • Reform and rebellion. Part III. Sharia outside the State
  • Becoming an ayatollah
  • Making law from the bottom up
  • The limits of authority.
Description
xiv, 337 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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