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‘Signs of churning’: Muslim Personal Law and public contestation in twenty-first century India*

  • JUSTIN JONES (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X09990114
  • Published online: 15 December 2009
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For many Muslims, the preservation of Muslim Personal Law has become the touchstone of their capacity to defend their religious identity in modern India. This paper examines public debate over Muslim Personal Law, not as a site of consensus within the community, but rather as an arena in which a varied array of Muslim individuals, schools and organisations have sought to assert their own distinctiveness. This is done by discussing the evolution of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, the most influential organisation to speak on such matters since the 1970s, with particular focus on its recent disintegration at the hands of a number of alternative legal councils formed by feminist, clerical and other groups. These organisations have justified their existence through criticism of the organisation's alleged attempts to standardise Islamic law, and its perceived dominance by the Deobandi school of thought. In truth, however, this process of fragmentation results from a complex array of embryonic and interlinked personal, political and ideological competitions, indicative of the increasingly fraught process of consensus-building in contemporary Indian Muslim society.

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Sylvia Vatuk , ‘Islamic Feminism in India: Indian Muslim Women Activists and the Reform of Muslim Personal Law’, Modern Asian Studies (2008) 422/3: 497499

Rina Verma Williams , Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws: Colonial Legal Legacies and the Indian State (Oxford: Delhi, 2006)

Patricia Jeffery , Roger Jeffery and Craig Jeffery , ‘Disputing Contraception: Muslim Reform, Secular Change and Fertility’, Modern Asian Studies (2008) 422/3: 525, 540

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Modern Asian Studies
  • ISSN: 0026-749X
  • EISSN: 1469-8099
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