author={Nandini Chatterjee},
  journal={Journal of Law and Religion},
  pages={396 - 415}
  • N. Chatterjee
  • Published 1 October 2014
  • History, Law
  • Journal of Law and Religion
Abstract This article investigates the “pre-history” of the colonial and postcolonial personal (status) laws of India, which tie religious identity with legal status, particularly in matters of family law. It examines the concept of law and legal jurisdictions in Mughal India (1526-early eighteenth century; officially 1857): a unique political formation in which an Islamic state ruled over a populace which was predominantly non-Muslim. Using Mughal official orders, Persian-language legal… 
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