Property and Political Norms: Hanafi Juristic Discourse in Agrarian Bengal

Andrew Sartori

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    This article explores the reception of discourses about land and property in Islamic jurisprudence in colonial Bengal. I argue that Hanafi fiqh provided a sophisticated conceptual repertoire for framing claims to property that agrarian political actors in Muslim Bengal drew upon. Yet the dominant framework for understanding property claims in postclassical jurisprudence was ill-fitted to claims of the kind that agrarian movements in colonial Bengal were articulating. As a result, twentieth-century agrarian movements in the region spoke the language of fiqh, but nonetheless inhabited the ideological landscape of a much broader twentieth-century world of political aspirations and norms.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)471-485
    Number of pages15
    JournalModern Intellectual History
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology and Political Science


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