Jeff Redding: The Case of Ayesha in a Delhi Muslim Court: Some Ethnographic Reflections on Rule of Law Theory, Feb.10, Paris

Starting January 23, 2011 - Ending January 23, 2020

The Case of Ayesha in a Delhi Muslim Court: Some Ethnographic Reflections on Rule of Law Theory

Thursday February 10th, from 11 am to 1 pm

EHESS, 105 Boulevard Raspail (Paris - 6), Room#11

In this Article, I highlight the ways in which rule of law ideology has tended to obscure mechanics of law, whether inside or outside the state. Using an ethnographic case-study of an Indian Muslim woman, 'Ayesha,' who self-consciously chose to use a non-state ‘court’ to exercise her divorce rights under Indian Islamic law, I demonstrate what traditional rule of law ideologues miss, namely that law rules outside of the courtroom quite frequently and adequately, and that ‘the rule of courts’ is far less coherent or systematic - or a high art - than commonly described by legal theorists.

Jeff Redding is Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law - Saint Louis, USA. He is currently staying in Paris with the Just-India programme till July 2011 and is affiliated to the Centre for Himalayan Studies (UPR 299). Go to his page in the programme