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Law and Identity In Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture 1772–1947
 
Mitra Sharafi
Price : ₹ 595.00
ISBN : 978-81-7824-497-6
Language : English
Pages : 368
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 216 x 280 mm
Year : 2017
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Territorial Rights : Restricted
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About the Book

This book explores the legal culture of the Parsis, or Zoroastrians, an ethnoreligious community unusually invested in the colonial legal system of British India and Burma. Rather than trying to maintain collective autonomy and integrity by avoiding interaction with the state, the Parsis sank deep into the colonial legal system itself. From the late eighteenth century until India’s independence in 1947, they became heavy users of colonial law, acting as lawyers, judges, litigants, lobbyists, and legislators. They de-Anglicized the law that governed them and enshrined in law their own distinctive models of the family and community by two routes: frequent intragroup litigation often managed by Parsi legal professionals in the areas of marriage, inheritance, religious trusts, and libel, and the creation of legislation that would become Parsi personal law. Other South Asian communities also turned to law, but none seems to have done so earlier or in more pronounced ways than the Parsis.

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Mitra Sharafi is an associate professor of Law and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with an affiliation appointment in History. Her work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals and has been recognized by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia won the Law and Society Association’s 2015 J. Willard Hurst Award for best book in socio-legal history.

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