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


ISBN13: 9781317055686
Published: June 2016
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: eBook (ePub)
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Words in both law and religion can shape power relationships and are often highly disputed. Shari'a lies within the overlap of these two spheres and provides a unique subject for the study of meaning in that liminal space. This book contributes important insights related to Islamic jurisprudence and secularism in the Turkish context and regarding the role of language in disputed legal and religious contexts.

The study begins by providing a historical context for the ideas and terms covered, including concepts of religion in general, Shari'a in particular, and secularism in the Turkish state. It goes on to examine empirical research to describe and analyze contemporary Turkish understandings of religion and Shari'a. The author argues that Turks seldom consider what implementing Shari'a might mean in terms of its effect on civil law, hence there is often a disconnect between supporting an adoption of Shari'a and supporting the regulation of everyday behavior through civil codes. It is a quintessential example of fractured and contextual meaning at the center of both religious and legal tradition.

This book is essential reading for both academics and those interested in law, linguistics, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, religious studies, and Near Eastern studies.

Subjects:
eBooks, Islamic Law, Turkey
Contents:
Preface
Introduction
Religion in context
Historical meanings of Shari'a
Landscapes of popular religion in Turkey
Turkish secularism
Descriptive analysis of data
Analysis of qualitative interviews
Influences in the formations of views toward Shari'a
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.