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

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Jeffrey A. Redding

University of Melbourne - Law School

Date Written: October 8, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Redding, Jeffrey A., Shamim Ara and the Divorce Politics of a Secular and Modern India (October 8, 2016). SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2849917 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2849917

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