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Shari'a in the Secular State : Evolving Meanings of Islamic Jurisprudence in Turkey (Hardcover) (Russell

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Words in both law and religion can shape power relationships and are often highly disputed. Shariʿa lies within the overlap of these two spheres and provides a unique subject for the study of meaning in that liminal space. This book explores historical understandings of Shariʿa within the context of religion and secularism in Turkey and then draws on empirical research to analyze Turkish understandings of Shariʿa. Many polls indicate that a notable percentage of Turks want Shariʿa to be enforced by the state. However, the evidence presented here indicates that Turks seldom consider what implementing Shariʿa might mean in terms of its effect on civil law. Hence there is often a disconnect between supporting an adoption of Shariʿa and supporting the regulation of everyday behavior through civil codes. Thus, “Shariʿa†seems to have taken on new meanings as groups have sought either to appropriate or criticize it. It is a quintessential example of fractured and contextual meaning at the center of both religious and legal tradition.
Number of Pages: 154
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Sub-Genre: General
Series Title: Law, Language and Communication
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Russell Powell
Language: English
Street Date: June 23, 2016
TCIN: 51412308
UPC: 9781472479549
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-6344
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