Shamim Ara and the Divorce Politics of a Secular and Modern India
SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School
10 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2016 Last revised: 20 Apr 2018
Date Written: October 8, 2016
In this piece, I argue that crucial aspects of the 2002 landmark Supreme Court of India opinion in Shamim Ara v. State of U.P. have largely been overlooked, with the consequence that this opinion’s broader significance for understanding the contemporary Indian state’s complicated self-conceptualization as secular and modern has been diminished.
Keywords: India, Islamic law, personal law, secularism, family
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