This chapter offers a post-colonial perspective on Sharīʿa courts in Palestine/Israel. It argues that the transformations in these courts from the late nineteenth century onwards are reminiscent of transformations that occurred in indigenous or 'customary' law in colonial settings. More specifically, these courts underwent processes of modernisation, bureaucratisation, systematisation and subordination of the Sharīʿa to state hegemony. It is further argued that Sharīʿa courts in Israel - like 'indigenous' legal institutions in colonial settings - have come to constitute, at one and the same time, an instrument of state hegemony and control and an arena of indigenous resistance. This argument is briefly illustrated with examples from the Sharīʿa courts of Beersheba and Jerusalem.
|Title of host publication||Studies in Islamic Law and Society|
|Editors||Norbert Oberauer, Yvonne Prief, Ulrike Qubaja|
|Publisher||Brill Academic Publishers|
|Number of pages||25|
|State||Published - 2019|
|Name||Studies in Islamic Law and Society|
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Religious studies