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Shari'a, charity, and Minjian autonomy in Muslim China: Gift-giving in a plural world

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A convergence between the anthropology of Islam and that of ethics affords an opportunity to re-examine Mauss’s notion of the gift. While Mauss’s account assumes a homogenous system of values, different types of normative systems can inhabit the same social field. Through an ethnographic study of charity among Chinese Muslims (Hui), I show that the “freedom” of the gift resides in the giver’s capacity to follow the rules underlying gifting, in this case, shariʿa, a capacity I call minjian aut...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Oriental Studies Faculty
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Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
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American Council of Learned Societies
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National Science Foundation
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Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
Publisher:
American Anthropological Association
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Volume:
43
Issue:
2
Pages:
311-324
Publication date:
2016-11-24
EISSN:
1548-1425
ISSN:
0094-0496
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pubs:580328
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uuid:cdbc1986-7349-4b59-9e4f-43d2bb31740a
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580328
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2015-12-22

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