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The government of social life in colonial India : liberalism, religious law, and women's rights

Author: Rachel Lara Sturman
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Cambridge studies in Indian history and society, 21.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the early days of colonial rule in India, the British established a two-tier system of legal administration. Matters deemed secular were subject to British legal norms, while suits relating to the family were adjudicated according to Hindu or Muslim law, known as personal law. This important new study analyzes the system of personal law in colonial India through a reexamination of women's rights. Focusing on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Lara Sturman
ISBN: 9781107010376 1107010373
OCLC Number: 772109872
Description: xviii, 289 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Abbreviations --
Map of the Bombay presidency and British India --
Introduction --
Economic governance --
Property between law and political economy --
The dilemmas of social economy --
The politics of personal law --
Hindu law as a regime of rights --
Custom and human value in the debates on Hindu marriage --
Law, community and belonging --
Conclusion --
Select bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Indian history and society, 21.
Responsibility: Rachel Sturman.
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An important new study which analyses the system of personal law in colonial India, showing how it encouraged gender equality and a better relationship between state and society. By focusing on Hindu  Read more...

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