Islamic Law in the Indian Ocean World
Texts, Ideas and Practices
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This book explores the ways in which Muslim communities across the Indian Ocean world produced and shaped Islamic law and its texts, ideas and practices in their local, regional, imperial, national and transregional contexts.
With a focus on the production and transmission of Islamic law in the Indian Ocean, the chapters in this book draw from and add to recent discourses on the legal histories and legal anthropologies of the Indian Ocean rim as well as to the conversations on global Islamic circulations, legal history and anthropology of the Indian Ocean. By doing so, this book argues for the importance of Islamic legal thoughts and practices of the so-called "peripheries" to the core and kernel of Islamic traditions and the urgency to address their long-existing role in the making of historical and human experience of the religion. Arguing that Islamic law was and is not merely brought to, but also produced in the Indian Ocean world through constant and critical engagements, the book explores the ways in which Muslim communities in the Indian Ocean world shaped and continue to shape their lives and thoughts within the legal frameworks of their religion. The book takes a long historical perspective on Islamic law for a better understanding of the ways in which the oceanic Muslims have historically developed their religious, juridical and intellectual traditions.
Transregional and transdisciplinary in its approach, this book will be of interest to scholars of Islamic Studies, Indian Ocean Studies, Legal History and Legal Anthropology, Area Studies of South and Southeast Asia and East Africa.
Table of Contents
1. The Formation of Islamic Law in the Indian Ocean Littoral, c. 615-1000 CE
2. "Legal Diglossia, Lexical Borrowing and Mixed Judicial Systems in Early Islamic Java and Sumatra"
3. Borrowing Adat and Adopting Islam: The Mandarese Records on the Creation and Islamization of Adat in West Sulawesi
4. "Sharīʿa Translated? Persian Documents in English Courts"
5. "Possibilities and pitfalls of cosmopolitanism: Two treaties from northern Somalia in the late nineteenth century"
Nicholas W. Stephenson Smith
6. Islamic Legal Crossings and Debates in Cambodia: Evidence from fatāwā and French Colonial Archives in the Early 20th Century
7. "The Interplay of Two Sharīʿa Penal Codes: A Case from Gayo Society, Indonesia"
8. "Colonial Nostalgia, Conspiracy Theories and Uneasy Quiescence: Muslim Newspaper Commentary on the Debate on Kadhis’ Courts in Contemporary Tanzania"
Felicitas Becker with Shabani Mwakalinga
Mahmood Kooria is affiliated with Leiden University, the Netherlands, and Ashoka University, India. He read his PhD at the Leiden University Institute for History in 2016 and is the author of Islamic Law in Circulation: Shāfiʿī Texts across the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean (forthcoming) and co-editor of Malabar in the Indian Ocean World (2018).
Sanne Ravensbergen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for History at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on mixed courts and the material culture of law making in colonial Indonesia. She co-edited The Indian Ocean of Law: Spaces and Hybrity, a special issue of Itinerario (2018).