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The essays in this collection examine issues of gender, family, and law in the Middle East and South Asia. In particular, the authors address the impact of colonialism on law, family, and gender relations; the role of religious politics in writing family law and the implications for gender relations; and the tension between international standards emerging from UN conferences and conventions and various nationalist projects. Employing the frame of globalization, the authors highlight how local and global forces interact and influence the experience and actions of people who engage with the law. By virtue of a "south-south" comparison of two quite similar and culturally linked regions, contributors avoid positing "the West" as a modern telos. Drawing upon the fields of anthropology, history, sociology, and law, this volume offers a wide-ranging exploration of the complicated history of jurisprudence with regard to family and gender.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Part One: Colonial Modernity and Family Law Codes
  2. p. 1
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  1. 1. Disobedient Wives and Neglectful Husbands: Marital Relations and the First Phase of Family Law Reform in Egypt
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. 2. Patriarchy, Sexuality, and Property: The Impact of Colonial State Policies on Gender Relations in India
  2. pp. 19-39
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  1. Part Two: Religion, Custom, the State, and Patriarchy
  2. p. 41
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  1. 3. The Monotheisms, Patriarchy, and the Constitutional Right to Human Dignity in Israel
  2. pp. 43-64
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  1. 4. Legal Pluralism Versus a Uniform Civil Code: The Continuing Debates in India
  2. pp. 65-78
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  1. 5. Institutions and Women’s Rights: Religion, the State, and Family in Turkey
  2. pp. 79-101
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  1. Part Three: Family Law Codes Contested and (Re)constructed
  2. p. 103
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  1. 6. Struggles over Personal Status and Family Law in Post-Baathist Iraq
  2. pp. 105-125
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  1. 7. Family, Gender, and Law in Jordan and Palestine
  2. pp. 126-144
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  1. 8. Revisiting the Debate on Family Law in Morocco: Context, Actors, and Discourses
  2. pp. 145-162
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  1. 9. Straddling CEDAW and the MMA: Conflicting Visions of Women’s Rights in Contemporary Pakistan
  2. pp. 163-183
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  1. Part Four: Women’s Roles and Family Relationships Renegotiated and Redefined
  2. p. 185
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  1. 10. Gender and Law(s): Moral Regulation in Contemporary Bangladesh
  2. pp. 187-210
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  1. 11. Shifting Practices and Identities: Nontraditional Relationships among Sunni Muslim Egyptians and Emiratis
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. 12. Afghan Refugee Women in Iran: Revisioning the Afghan Family
  2. pp. 223-247
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 251-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-308
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815651482
Related ISBN
9780815632351
MARC Record
OCLC
759158745
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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