Mitra Sharafi's book on Parsi legal culture featured in review symposium

Mitra Sharafi

Law & Social Inquiry, the journal of the American Bar Foundation, has published a review symposium on Mitra Sharafi’s “Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture, 1772-1947.”

Sharafi is a University of Wisconsin Law School professor specializing in the legal history of South Asia. Her 2014 book examines the role of the Parsis--an ethnoreligious minority that emigrated from ancient Persia to India--in making colonial legal culture.

The symposium includes Sharafi’s introductory essay, “Hijacking Law,” and four review essays by scholars of law, religion, anthropology and history. The review essays are titled:

  • “Going to Law: Reflections on Law, Religion, and Mitra Sharafi's Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia" by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan
  • "Women's Rights Issues Among Bombay Parsis: A Legal Anthropologist's Thoughts on Mitra Sharafi's Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia" by Sylvia Vatuk
  • "Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia" by Bhavani Raman
  • "Loyal Opposition: Minorities and State Law" by Assaf Likhovski

A South Asian edition of Sharafi’s book was published in 2017 by Permanent Black.

Submitted by Law School News on October 11, 2017

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