An Islamic Court in Context

An Ethnographic Study of Judicial Reasoning

Authors: Stiles, E.

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Stiles utilizes in-depth ethnographic study of judicial reasoning and litigant activity in Islamic family court in Zanzibar, Tanzania to draw new and important conclusions on how people understand and use Islamic legal ideas in marital disputes.

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ERIN E. STILES is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at California State University, USA.

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"An Islamic Court in Context contributes new case studies to support established theoretical claims regarding the situated process of Islamic legal reasoning and the importance of attending to gender roles and performance in Islamic family courts . . . Erin Stiles presents some useful points of analysis and observation of the situated meaning of judicial reasoning in an Islamic court, and this reader looks forward to more from Stiles in the future." - Islamic Africa

"Through richly detailed and beautifully narrated cases Stiles presents a deeply humanistic account of a contemporary Islamic legal system. Concentrating on Zanzibar, she demonstrates how women in particular navigate a religiously affiliated system, and in the process she brings an entire society to life. With her insightful interpretation of a legal environment that governs one-fifth of the planet and about which Westerners continue to posses far too simplistic a view she makes a signal contribution to the literature." - Lawrence Rosen, Cromwell Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, USA, and author of Varieties of Muslim Experience

"Stiles provides one of the few in-depth looks at how a contemporary Islamic judge deals with divorce. She describes in vivid detail how women and men negotiate in a Zanzibar court, and the way an ordinary judge must draw on his study of the Qur'an, his knowledge of state law, and his keen sense of the complexities of social life to resolve often bitter disputes. This book is at once a major work in legal anthropology and a rich example of the very best in social studies of contemporary Islam." - John R. Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Kadhi,

    Stiles, Erin E.

    Pages 1-30

  • Writing a Case: Court Actors and Court Procedure

    Stiles, Erin E.

    Pages 31-65

  • From Community to Court: Gendered Experience of Divorce

    Stiles, Erin E.

    Pages 67-104

  • A Wily Wife and a Headstrong Husband: Determining Intention

    Stiles, Erin E.

    Pages 105-129

  • Witness and Authority: Elders

    Stiles, Erin E.

    Pages 131-157

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Islamic Court in Context
Book Subtitle
An Ethnographic Study of Judicial Reasoning
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Erin E. Stiles
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10311-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230103115
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-61740-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38044-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 221
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
Topics