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Sharia Dynamics

Islamic Law and Sociopolitical Processes

  • Timothy P. Daniels

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sharia and Discursive Tradition

  3. Sharia, State, and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. James D. Frankel
      Pages 119-139
  4. Sharia and Gender

  5. Sharia and Religious Pluralism

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 325-364

About this book


This multidisciplinary volume explores the role of Islamic law within the dynamic processes of postcolonial transformation, nation building, and social reform. Here, eleven international scholars examine Islamic law in several contemporary sociopolitical contexts, focusing specifically on  Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, China, Tunisia, Nigeria, the United States, and the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).  The contributors also address the entanglement of Islamic law and ethics with the history of Muslim religious discourses, shifts toward modernity, gender relations, and efforts to construct exclusive or plural national communities. Sharia Dynamics, at once enchanting and enlightening, is a must-read for scholars of contemporary Islam. 


Islamic law Sociopolitical conflicts Asia Middle East Worship Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy P. Daniels
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA

About the editors

Timothy P. Daniels is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hofstra University, USA. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sharia Dynamics
  • Book Subtitle Islamic Law and Sociopolitical Processes
  • Editors Timothy P. Daniels
  • Series Title Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-45691-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83350-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-45692-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 364
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Anthropology
    Sociology of Religion
    Religion and Society
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“At a time that words like Sharia and Fatwa are bandied about in our public and political discourse with reckless abandon, Sharia Dynamics brings urgently needed rigor and scholarly expertise.  Furthermore, the volume focuses on Southeast Asia and South Asia, two regions where the majority of the world’s Muslims live but has received far too little public and scholarly attention.” (Omid Safi, Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center, USA)

“By exploring the ways in which Muslims in diverse cultural contexts apply Shariah, this volume offers a new and promising path for anthropologists and scholars in all fields who are interested in understanding Islam as a lived tradition beyond but not ignoring theology.” (Daniel Martin Varisco, Coordinator for Social Science, Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar)