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Islam and Law in Lebanon

Islam and Law in Lebanon
Sharia within and without the State

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  • Publication planned for: May 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107186316

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  • 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 of 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.

    • Covers a broad range of perspectives on Islam, including both Sunni and Shi'i Islam · Gives an authoritative account of Muslim family law in Lebanon · Illustrates how the sharia is both law, and more than law
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    • Publication planned for: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107186316
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Contextualising sharia discourse in Lebanon
    1. Court, community and state – a legal genealogy
    2. The consequences for civility
    3. Becoming a shaykh
    4. Lessons in the mosque
    Part II. Sharia within the state
    5. Introducing the sharia courts
    6. Marriage before God and the state
    7. Bringing a case
    8. Rulings and reconciliation
    9. The judge as tragic hero
    10. The wider world of the sharia
    11. Reform and rebellion
    Part III. Sharia outside the state
    12. Becoming an ayatollah
    13. Making law from the bottom up
    14. The limits of authority
    Conclusion

  • Author

    Morgan Clarke, University of Oxford
    Morgan Clarke is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Keble College. He previously held a Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He has conducted fieldwork in Lebanon since 2003, and is the author of Islam and New Kinship: Reproductive Technology and the Shariah in Lebanon (2009) and many articles on the anthropology of Islam and the Middle East.

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