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The Calligraphic State

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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 century to the present. The creation and interpretation of texts, from sacred scriptures to administrative and legal contracts, are among the fundamental ways that authority is established and maintained in a complex state. Yet few scholars have explored this process and the ways in which it changes, especially outside the Western world.

Messick brings together intensive ethnography and textual analysis from a wealth of material: Islamic jurisprudence, Yemeni histories, local documents. In exploring the structure and transformation of literacy, law, and statecraft in Yemen, he raises important issues that are of comparative significance for understanding political life in other Muslim and nonwestern states as well.

Synopsis:

"Throws completely fresh light on non-colonial yet modern systems of legality and moral power. . . . The picture given of Islamic legal education and practice is one of the best available . . . a compelling read and a fine book for teaching."—Paul Dresch, Oxford University

Synopsis:

'A first-rate introduction to the everyday workings of 'shari 'at society' and to Muslim understandings of the written and spoken word...An authoritative model for anthropological writing about complex societies.' --Gregory Starrett, International Journal of Middle East Studies

About the Author

Brinkley Messick is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520205154
Author:
Messick, Brinkley
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Historical sociology
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8.99x6.05x.85 in. 1.09 lbs.

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Product details 324 pages University of California Press - English 9780520205154 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
"Throws completely fresh light on non-colonial yet modern systems of legality and moral power. . . . The picture given of Islamic legal education and practice is one of the best available . . . a compelling read and a fine book for teaching."—Paul Dresch, Oxford University
"Synopsis" by , 'A first-rate introduction to the everyday workings of 'shari 'at society' and to Muslim understandings of the written and spoken word...An authoritative model for anthropological writing about complex societies.' --Gregory Starrett, International Journal of Middle East Studies
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