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Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws: Colonial Legal Legacies and the Indian State

Rina Verma Williams


This book explores the postcolonial state in India in a longitudinal perspective. It concentrates on the religious legal system of personal laws in India. These laws are a prime example of continuity between the colonial and postcolonial Indian state. In addition, this book investigates how the postcolonial state in India has formed policies on the personal laws through the 1990s. It tries to improve the understanding of how the postcolonial state has exerted power in the post-independence era, and the extent to which that exercise of power has been affected by the legacies of the colonial sta ... More

Keywords: personal laws, India, postcolonial state, religious legal system, power, legal continuity, Indian government policy, colonial legal institutions, independence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195680140
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195680140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rina Verma Williams, author