Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Muslims in the WestFrom Sojourners to Citizens$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148053

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148053.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 15 June 2019

Representation of Islam in the Language of Law: Some Recent U.S. Cases

Representation of Islam in the Language of Law: Some Recent U.S. Cases

Chapter:
(p.187) 12 Representation of Islam in the Language of Law: Some Recent U.S. Cases
Source:
Muslims in the West
Author(s):

Kathleen M. Moore

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148053.003.0013

In decoding critical moments in American justice, one could make various observations about the mixed sources of justice which are operative in the transaction between the condemned and the judge. The argument would essentialize identity, positing that the judge, in an example given in this chapter, a man of Irish-American descent who grew up in the Bronx, and the defendant, a Middle Easterner of Islamic faith, were incapable of transcending their fixed “essences”, hedged in by their respective cultures, as well as by their respective roles as judge and defendant. However partial or imperfect it is, though, the judicial demarcation of what constitutes “Islam” enters into the political environment to join other sources of “knowledge” about to shape ideas about Islam and to give meaning to what Islam represents in the new world order. Islam, in effect, is reconstructed discursively through its encounter with America's judicial system into terms that make sense for the law's secular system of meaning.

Keywords:   America, justice, judge, defendant, Islam, court cases, Muslims

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .