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    Law and faith in secular and Islamic contexts

    Diamantides, Marinos (2008) Law and faith in secular and Islamic contexts. In: Eleventh Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, 28th - 29th March 2008, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    I argue for the possibility of a common understanding of legalism in meta‐Christian and Islamic religious and political theologies by pointing out that (a) faith in the one God has not been lost but transformed in modernity and currently returns in  the form of relentless epistemological undecidability; (b) all societies struggle with the institution of human subjectivity in which law plays a principal role including by allowing communities and institutions to create and re‐create their identities around symbols of faith  (c) a modernist reading of the Abbassid period in Islamic legal history which saw the creation Islamic jurisprudence, which Islamists fetishize offers ways for understanding commonalities and differences between an 'aborted positivisation' of Islamic law (which gave rise to a highly rational but not centralized legal system) and  today's critiques of legal   positivism in post‐secular Christian cultures.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 16:24
    Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 16:24
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14604

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