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Secularism, the State and Muslim Personal Law

Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in Modern South Asia by Julia Stephens, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (South Asian Edition), 2019; pp xiv + 220, price not indicated. Divorcing Traditions: Islamic Marriage Law and the Making of Indian Secularism by Katherine Lemons, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019; pp x + 232, price not indicated.

Critique as a Way of Life

Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace by Irfan Ahmad, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp xxv + 270, ₹ 1,195.

Pope Benedict XVI: The Final Act

After an eight-year reign overshadowed by controversies, scandals and further alienation of the Church from the modern world, Pope Benedict XVI wins plaudits with the precedent-shattering example of his resignation.

Imagined Kerala

Why was public outrage in Kerala against the brutal chopping of the hand of a teacher in July, for allegedly denigrating Islam, far more than many other such violent acts in the state in the past? Perhaps the episode ruffled too many emotional and moral feathers because it impinged on the two virtues that provide a distinct identity to the imagined community of Kerala. It was seen as sullying the image of a communally harmonious and literate Kerala. And Muslims and Islam were to be blamed for the blot. They had, in this perception, once again placed themselves outside the boundaries of that imagined space.
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