What do recent episodes of political activism tell us about the way Islamic law is constructed and applied by modern states? Drawing on ethnographic research conducted among Lebanese judges and Muslim feminists, Jean-Michel’s talk will highlight how transnational religious traditions are reconfigured into national laws. An analysis of the advocacy campaigns launched by feminist activists will also show that modern secular states sometimes exacerbate injustices associated with Islamic law. Jean-Michel will conclude with a few remarks about the application of Lebanese religious family law in Canadian courts and the questions that this legal situation raises.
Candidate’s Presentation for Tenure-Track Position in Anthropology (Transnationalism and Migration)