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The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society
In this innovative combination of anthropology, history, and postmodern theory, Brinkley Messick examines the changing relation of writing and authority in a Muslim society from the late nineteenth
The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society
In this innovative combination of anthropology, history, and postmodern theory, Brinkley Messick examines the changing relation of writing and authority in a Muslim society from the late nineteenth
Islamic legal interpretation : Muftis and their fatwas
For more than a millenium, fatwas have guided and shaped Muslim understandings of Islamic law. The whole world knows of Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa in the Salman Rushdi case, yet this key institution
Islamic legal interpretation : Muftis and their fatwas
For more than a millenium, fatwas have guided and shaped Muslim understandings of Islamic law. The whole world knows of Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa in the Salman Rushdi case, yet this key institution
subordinate discourse: women, weaving, and gender relations in North Africa
The discourse of women's domestic weaving in North Africa embeds a distinctively female worldview. Ethnography concerning one Moroccan text of this discourse is cross-referenced with versions
Legal documents and the concept of ‘restricted literacy’ in a traditional society
In his discussions of traditional literacy, Goody has applied the concept of 'restricted literacy' to a range of phenomena (1968a; 1968b; Goody and Watt 1968). A fundamental restriction concerns the
Kissing Hands and Knees: Hegemony and Hierarchy in Shari'a Discourse
Two categories of Muslim legal texts are utilized in Yemen. In the methodological literature I examine conceptions of common sense and consensus, and the relation of knowledge and ignorance. In the
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