The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society

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This study examines the changing relation of writing and authority in a Muslim society from the late 19th century to the present. The creation and interpretation of texts, from sacred scriptures to administrative and legal contracts, are among the fundamental ways that authority is established and maintained in a complex state. Messick brings together intensive ethnography and textual analysis from a wealth of material: Islamic jurisprudence, Yemeni histories, local documents. In exploring the structure and transformation ...

The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society 1996, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

ISBN-13: 9780520205154

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The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society 1992, University of California Press, Berkerley

ISBN-13: 9780520076051

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