Legal Pluralism and Governance in South Asia and the Diasporas
contributes to the already heated debate about legal pluralism and
the ontology of law by shifting the attention toward the
relationship between what is treated as law and its impact on
governance at the "fora" of dispute resolution. This book addresses
sensitive issues such as gender rights and alternative dispute
resolution in India, Hindu and Muslim personal laws in South Asia
and in Europe, cross-border white violence, the change to Islamic
legal traditions under Western domination, women s inheritance in
Pakistan and in the disputed territory of Gilgit Baltistan,
indigenous rights and resistance at the India-Bangladesh border,
and customary laws of nomadic groups in India. The authors deploy a
variety of views that point at the pros and cons of legal pluralism
and also integrates its opponents. They show how constructions of
identity, religion, and power have historically informed the
conceptualisation of secularism which may be an ideal, sometimes
able to provide for perceptions of accountable governance, but also
generating dividing worldviews.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of
Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law."
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