Law and Practice in Malaysia
- PUBLISHED: December 2017
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Southeast Asia, Anthropology, Law
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 280 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 11 b&w illus., 1 map
- SERIES: Critical Dialogues in Southeast Asian Studies
- ISBN: 9780295742557
Drawing on ethnographic research, Living Sharia examines the role of sharia in the sociopolitical processes of contemporary Malaysia. The book traces the contested implementation of Islamic family and criminal laws and sharia economics to provide cultural frameworks for understanding sharia among Muslims and non-Muslims. Timothy Daniels explores how the way people think about sharia is often entangled with notions about race, gender equality, nationhood, liberal pluralism, citizenship, and universal human rights. He reveals that Malaysians’ ideas about sharia are not isolated from—nor always opposed to—liberal pluralism and secularism.
Living Sharia will be of interest to scholars as well as to policy makers, consultants, and professionals working with global NGOs.
Authors & Contributors
Timothy P. Daniels is professor of anthropology at Hofstra University. He is the author of Islamic Spectrum in Java and Building Cultural Nationalism in Malaysia, and editor of Performance, Popular Culture, and Piety in Muslim Southeast Asia.
Note on Transcription
Introduction: Sharia and the Anthropology of Knowledge
1. Sharia in Malaysia: The Historical Background
2. Family Law: Religious Officials, Reasoning Style, and Controversies
3. Criminal Law: Taking the Middle
4. Economics: The Malaysian State, Darul Arqam, and the Islamic Party of Malaysia
5. Pro-Sharia Discourses: Race, Religion, and Nation
6. Contra-Sharia Discourses: Islamic and Secular Human Rights
7. Individuals: Views, Voices, and Practices
Conclusion: Sharia Cultural Models and Sociopolitical
Living Sharia is one of the most theoretically sophisticated, rigorously empirical, and ethnographically engaging works in the anthropology of Islam in years. At a moment when ‘discourses about sharia are integral to sociopolitical dynamics in American society’ (5), this is a book that deserves to be read by anthropologists and everyone concernedwith the challenge of religious ethics and citizenship in our late modern world.- American Ethnologist (AE)
Daniels has produced a comprehensive, richly observed and sensitively analysed study of lived and living sharia in a complex cultural and political context.- Religions of South Asia
A major theoretical contribution to the anthropology of Islam. Daniels has done a superb job of presenting both conservative and feminist Muslim perspectives on sharia and Islam.- Robert W. Hefner, Director, Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Boston University
Living Sharia provides us with diverse and dynamic conceptions of shari’a in the wider context of Southeast Asia and beyond.- Muhamad Ali, author of Islam and Colonialism: Becoming Modern in Indonesia and Malaya