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L'autorité de la référence : Usages de la sharî'a islamique dans le contexte judiciaire égyptien

Abstract : The issue of authority in Islam and Islamic law does not exist in abstracto, but only in practices of referring to some religious object in various contexts, each one being submitted to its own constraints. Instead of assuming the existence of religious authority, be it textual or institutional, it is suggested to observe how people engaged in situated actions orient themselves toward a religious object and give to its reference a manifest and intelligible authority. It means that authority is an accomplishment and its religious character proceeds from the people's explicit orientation to this dimension in the course of their interactions. Drawing from the detailed description of a judicial sequence, in an Egyptian institutional setting and on a personal-status case, this article will show how the relevance of the referring to Islam and Islamic law is built. By so doing, it will be stressed that the authority of this referring to sharîà is an issue of procedural correctness and legal relevance, not of religious ontology.
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Baudouin Dupret. L'autorité de la référence : Usages de la sharî'a islamique dans le contexte judiciaire égyptien. Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, Éditions de l’EHESS, 2004, pp.189-209. ⟨halshs-00178546⟩



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