New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2010.
Book — 1 online resource (x, 447 pages) : illustrations.
Introduction Law, Order and Power: Thagi, Dacoity and Sorcery Law as a Weapon Against Child Sacrifice, Sati, Female Infanticide and Meriah Sacrifice The Legal Rights of Coolies, Slaves and Emigrant Workers Civil Law and the Policy of Religious Toleration Abkarry and Pilgrim Taxes: Excise as a Regulating Instrument Public Instruction Begets Indian Agency, Free Press, and Trial by Jury Conclusion: Social Legislation in the Arena of Public Instruction versus Public Justice Some Key Pieces of Social Legislation Glossary Bibliography Index.
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A hitherto unattempted survey of social legislation by the East India Company, this book identifies the principles of Public Justice and Public Instruction as the inspiration for legislative decisions, some of which resonate in post-colonial India. It dwells particularly on legislation which manipulated Muslim criminal law in order to protect, and in some instances, create, the rights of women, slaves, bonded labourers and victims of crime. It also examines the Company's cautious venture into the realm of civil law affecting the ideals of religious toleration, remarriage of Hindu widows as well as inheritance and property law. Finally, it considers excise as a regulatory instrument in the Company's administration of Pilgrim Taxes and Abkarry revenue from liquor and opium. The book traces the journey of the small group of merchants, who initially formed the East India Company, and while enviously guarding their sometimes piratical commercial interests, actually became a burgeoning nation state. It shows how... (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2012.
Book — 1 online resource (x, 183 pages)
Prehistories of the Ismaili sect in nineteenth-century Bombay
Sectarian showdown in the Aga Khan case of
Reading Satpanth against the judicial archive
Comparative formations of the Hindu Swami Narayan "sect"
Sect and secularism in the early nationalist period.
An overwhelmingly Arab-centric perspective dominates the West's understanding of Islam and leads to a view of this religion as exclusively Middle Eastern and monolithic. Teena Purohit presses for a reorientation that would conceptualize Islam instead as a heterogeneous religion that has found a variety of expressions in local contexts throughout history. The story she tells of an Ismaili community in colonial India illustrates how much more complex Muslim identity is, and always has been, than the media would have us believe. The Aga Khan Case focuses on a nineteenth-century court case in Bombay that influenced how religious identity was defined in India and subsequently the British Empire. The case arose when a group of Indians known as the Khojas refused to pay tithes to the Aga Khan, a Persian nobleman and hereditary spiritual leader of the Ismailis. The Khojas abided by both Hindu and Muslim customs and did not identify with a single religion prior to the court's ruling in 1866, when the judge declared them to be converts to Ismaili Islam beholden to the Aga Khan. In her analysis of the ginans, the religious texts of the Khojas that formed the basis of the judge's decision, Purohit reveals that the religious practices they describe are not derivations of a Middle Eastern Islam but manifestations of a local vernacular one. Purohit suggests that only when we understand Islam as inseparable from the specific cultural milieus in which it flourishes do we fully grasp the meaning of this global religion. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
An Arab-centric perspective dominates the West's understanding of Islam. Purohit presses for a view of Islam as a heterogeneous religion that has found a variety of expressions in local contexts. The Ismaili community in colonial India illustrates how much more complex Muslim identity is, and always has been, than the media would have us believe. (source: Nielsen Book Data)