Scholars of Islamic law and society, such as those who form the main audience of this journal, may initially skim over this volume on the shelf of their favorite bookstore, or – as is more likely these days – in the mass of titles that appears on the bottom of their screens during their Amazon searches. Positioning his research within the burgeoning debates on secularism and state power occurring in anthropology and the study of religion, Hussein Agrama does not explicitly highlight his contributions to the literatures in Islamic law in the title or framing of this volume. This is a shame, as the book makes substantial and innovative contributions to the key debates in this field, in addition to exploring new and exciting territory on state secularism and the nature of religion under secular power. For this reason, rather than offering a broad appraisal of this book’s contents (a task that has been undertaken amply in other reviews), I want to use my limited space in this forum to discuss the book’s main contributions to the study of Islamic law. Along the way, I want to make a case for why I think that – not despite
Islamic Law and Society – Brill
Published: May 1, 2015
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