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Being Muslim in South AsiaDiversity and Daily Life$
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Robin Jeffrey and Sen Ronojoy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198092063

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092063.001.0001

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The Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Boards in India

The Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Boards in India

A Model of Community Justice?

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(p.141) Chapter Seven The Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Boards in India
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Being Muslim in South Asia
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Arif A. Jamal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092063.003.0007

This chapter describes and analyzes the Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Boards (CABs) in India as a variety of community justice. The chapter describes the history, evolution, and structure of the CABs, both in conceptual as well as practical terms, and explains the international nature of the CABs and their structure of various national boards and an International Board. It analyzes the CABs as institutions that negotiate a variety of relationships. These include the relationships of state law and chthonic law; of tradition and modernity; of the community within itself as well the relationship between the community and the state, and the community and other communities; and, finally, the interaction of plurality and authority. The chapter argues that the CABs represent a response—which might be characterized as a solution—to the challenge of developing a form of community justice for a transnational community grounded in the faith traditions of Islam.

Keywords:   Ismaili, conciliation, arbitration, diaspora, community justice, transnational community

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