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dc.contributor.authorSaxena, Saumyaen
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-21T23:30:05Z
dc.date.available2019-05-21T23:30:05Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-30en
dc.identifier.issn1548-226X
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/293021
dc.description.abstractShah Bano was 63 years old when her husband divorced her in 1978. He refused to pay maintenance to her beyond a period of three months (iddat) claiming his obligation extended no further than three menstrual cycles of his wife. While the Court decided in favour of granting maintenance to Shah Bano in 1985, Parliament subsequently overturned the judgment through the Muslim Women's Act, 1986 to create alternate provisions. The case triggered a tremendous wave of protests simultaneously, against unfair provisions of Muslim law and against state's interference in matters of religion. This essay documents the pre-history of this iconic case to demonstrate that neither the controversy nor the judgement were novel as scholarship has repeatedly claimed. Family law had historically been a contentious arena that enabled conversations between the state and religion, courts and parliament, diverse social movements and co-religionists engaging all institutions central to Indian democracy.
dc.languageEnglishen
dc.publisherDuke University Press
dc.rightsAll rights reserved
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dc.subjectMuslim Personal Lawen
dc.subjectWomen's movementen
dc.title“Commissions, Committees, and Custodians of Muslim Personal Law in Postindependence India”en
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage438
prism.publicationDate2018en
prism.publicationNameComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle Easten
prism.startingPage423
prism.volumeVol, 38:3en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.40172
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-07-26en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-11-30en
dc.identifier.eissn1548-226X
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2018-12-15en
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-12-15


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