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Michael G. Peletz
Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Transformations in Islamic Law in Malaysia, Late 1980s-Present

The main objectives of this project are to analyze anthropological, archival, and other data bearing on transformations in Islamic law (sharia) in the Muslim-majority nation of Malaysia from the late 1980s to the present, and to prepare a book that describes and interprets continuities and transformations in Malaysia’s Islamic judiciary in relation to dynamics of Islamization, corporatization, and globalization. The more general goals are to examine the Malaysian case in comparative historical perspective, with regard to Indonesian and Egyptian material in particular, and to address important empirical and theoretical issues in the social scientific and humanistic literature concerning the ways that Malays and other Muslims engage ethical norms and deal with law, discipline, and disorder in a rapidly globalizing world.

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Project fields:

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2014