Law and Identity In Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture 1772-1947

By: Mitra Sharafi

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This book explores the legal culture of the Parsis, or Zoroastrians, an ethnoreligious community unusually invested in the colonial legal system of British India and Burma. Rather than trying to maintain collective autonomy and integrity by avoiding interaction with the state, the Parsis sank deep into the colonial legal system itself. From the late eighteenth century until India’s independence in 1947, they became heavy users of colonial law, acting as lawyers, judges, litigants, lobbyists, and legislators. They de-Anglicized the law that governed them and enshrined in law their own distinctive models of the family and community by two routes: frequent intragroup litigation often managed by Parsi legal professionals in the areas of marriage, inheritance, religious trusts, and libel, and the creation of legislation that would become Parsi personal law. Other South Asian communities also turned to law, but none seems to have done so earlier or in more pronounced ways than the Parsis. Printed Pages: 368

Title: Law and Identity In Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture 1772-1947

Author Name: Mitra Sharafi

Categories: Culture Studies, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Orient BlackSwan: 2017

ISBN: 8178244977

ISBN 13: 9788178244976

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 1202375

Keywords: Law and Identity In Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture 1772-1947 Mitra Sharafi