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Kissing Hands and Knees: Hegemony and Hierarchy in Shari'a Discourse

Brinkley Messick
Law & Society Review
Vol. 22, No. 4, Special Issue: Law and Ideology (1988), pp. 637-660
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053704
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053704
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

Two categories of Muslim legal texts are utilized in Yemen. In the methodological literature I examine conceptions of common sense and consensus, and the relation of knowledge and ignorance. In the applied literature, I review egalitarian and hierarchical themes. The hegemonic qualities of such texts derive from their appropriation of ordinary wisdom and from the shifting polyvocality of the texts themselves.

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