Loyal Opposition: Minorities and State Law

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Abstract

This essay on Mitra Sharafi's Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture, 1772–1947 (2014) focuses on the relationship between certain minorities and the law of the state. It seeks to expand the discussion found in Sharafi's book in three directions: first, by comparing the attitude of Parsis in South Asia to the law of the state with the attitude of German Jewish immigrants in mandatory Palestine and Israel to state law; second, by asking whether the Parsis' embracing of state law was linked to their economic success; and, finally, by pointing to the nature of law itself as a “minority discourse.”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1224-1230
Number of pages7
JournalLaw and Social Inquiry
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017

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