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Law and religion in the (un)doing of current social transformations 
Lena Rose (University of Konstanz)
Anna-Lena Wolf (Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.)
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Mona Oraby (Howard University)
Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The panel investigates the complex interplay of law and religion in the (un)doing of current social transformations. We inquire into different processes of social transformation triggered by an interplay of law and religion, and into anthropologists’ positions within these.

Long Abstract:

Anthropological investigations into the complex and generative interplay between law and religion is currently “undergoing a real renaissance” (Oraby and Sullivan 2020), with studies exploring the frequent merging of the juridical and the religious such as in Islamic traditions (e.g. Rosen, 2000), plural normative constellations both with firm secular/religious divides (e.g. Bowen 2016), as well as where the secular and religious are deeply entangled (e.g. Agrama, 2011; Deeb, 2006; Mayanthi, 2012; Mahmood, 2005; cf. Ramstedt, 2015). Considering the conference theme, we ask in this panel how the overlapping domains of law and religion in different contexts impact the (un)doing of current transformations of co-habitation. Based on what standpoints and premises do people consider religiously motivated obstacles or promotions of legal change progressive or reactionary? And how can we study such transformations ethnographically and sensitive to decolonial approaches? For instance, in how far and by whom is the recent reintroduction of Islamic criminal law with legal sanctions such as stoning to death in Nigeria seen as a reactionary ‘regression’ or a revolutionary breakthrough to a God-given perfect society (Eltantawi 2017)? In how far should anthropologists empathise with American Christian fundamentalists fighting against the right to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution in public schools in America (Harding 1991)? How can we reimagine what it means to (un)do anthropology by reconsidering such pressing questions at the intersection of law, religion and social transformations?

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -