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Religious Pluralism and Islamic LawDhimmis and Others in the Empire of Law$
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Anver M. Emon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661633.001.0001

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The Dhimmī Rules in the Post-Colonial Muslim State

The Dhimmī Rules in the Post-Colonial Muslim State

(p.223) 6 The Dhimmī Rules in the Post-Colonial Muslim State
Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law

Anver M. Emon

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses two case studies of how premodern Islamic legal answers are used to respond to contemporary questions of governance. The case studies concern Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. In the Saudi Arabian case, the example concerns how premodern dhimmī rules inform the liability structure in wrongful death claims. The Malaysia case concerns a recent legal controversy about apostasy, where a woman sought to convert from Islam to Christianity. Although the second case is not strictly about the dhimmīs, it nonetheless highlights alongside the Saudi Arabian case how contemporary conditions of governance and Rule of Law give new meaning or intelligibility to premodern legal answers.

Keywords:   Saudi Arabia, wrongful death, Malaysia, Lina Joy, apostasy

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