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Hamzić, Vanja (2016) Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Muslim World: History, Law and Vernacular Knowledge. London: I.B. Tauris. (Islamic South Asia series)

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This book offers a path-breaking historical analysis of the discourses on sexual and gender diversity in, or related to, the Muslim world, as well as an ethnographic account of contemporary Muslims in Lahore, Pakistan, whose pluralist sexual and gender experience defies the disciplinary gaze of both international and state law. It provides a stellar mapping of Islamic jurisprudence, court practice and social developments in Muslim polities and the worlds around them, in reliance on extensive materials written across many centuries in numerous classical and contemporary languages. The central claim of this book is that careful examinations of the legal, social and political genealogies of the Islamic legal tradition (in as much as it addresses human sexual and gender difference) and European law (as expressed, in particular, in its manifold elaborations of human rights), although marred by multiple imperial/colonial projects, can ultimately reveal some salient patterns of insurrectionary vernacular knowledge and discursive practices. The ethnographic narrative of the book documents and interrogates some such practices, while the concomitantly pursued critical historical analysis provides a broader background for understanding their invaluable role. In sum, this book is a revolutionary account of diversity and resistance to hegemonic visions of the self and the communal in Muslim lifeworlds.

Item Type: Authored Books
Keywords: Islamic law, international human rights law, Mughal law, Pakistani law, Muslim sexual and gender diversity, khwajasara, hijra, vernacular knowledge, anthropology of South Asia, history of Islam, history of Muslims, Pakistan, legal anthropology, legal history
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
School Research Centres > Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law
Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law > KB Religious Law in General > KBP Islamic Law
K Law > KJ Europe
K Law > KL Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
ISBN: 9781784533328
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2017 18:07

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