This reading list covers works on the history of law in South Asia. Its special focus is British India. I have listed key themes in square brackets at the end of entries whose titles do not clearly reflect the works’ legal themes. I have included titles on the British Empire that cover South Asia extensively, along with works with a contemporary focus but significant historical content. A few titles that do not focus on South Asia appear here because they address methodology. (I thank Nandini Chatterjee, Rohit De, Marc Galanter, James Jaffe, Kalyani Ramnath, Rachel Sturman and others for sharing syllabi and references with me.)
Here are a number of other useful reading lists on related topics:
- Renisa Mawani’s bibliography on Law and the South Asian Diaspora
- Timothy Mathew’s Afghanistan Analyst Law Bibliography #1 (see pp.225-38)
- François Lareau’s Bibliography on the Indian Penal Code 1860
- Patrick S. O’Donnell’s Comparative Law: A Basic Bibliography of Books in English (see Hindu and Islamic law sections)
- Donald R. Davis Jr.’s Cooperative Annotated Bibliography of Hindu Law and Dharmasastra
- Library of Congress’ Islamic Law: A Bibliography of Recent Works published in English
- the former UK Centre for Legal Education’s Islamic Law Bibliography (compiled by Shaheen Sardar Ali, Javaid Rehman and Ayesha Shahid)
- Hartford Seminary Library’s Introduction to Islamic Law Bibliography
- University of Wisconsin Law Library’s Islamic Law Research Guide (compiled by Sunil Rao)
Abraham, Santhosh. “Colonial Law in Early British Malabar: Transparent Colonial State and Formality of Practices.” South Asia Research 31:3 (2011), 249-64.
Agnes, Flavia. Family Law. Vol.1: Family Laws and Constitutional Claims. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011.
——“Hindu Conjugality: Transition from Sacrament to Contractual Obligations,” 237-57. In Sivaramayya, Parashar and Dhanda.
——Law and Gender Inequality: The Politics and Women’s Rights in India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999. (Also part of Women and Law in India: An Omnubus. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.)
Ahmed, Asad Ali. “Specters of Macaulay: Blasphemy, the Indian Penal Code and Pakistan’s Postcolonial Predicament,” 172-205. In Kaul and Mazzarella.
American Historical Review Forum: “Law and Empire in Global Perspective.” 117:4 (2012). Includes introduction by Lauren Benton and article by Nandini Chatterjee.
Amin, Shahid. Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura 1922-1992. Berkeley, Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995. [criminal law; policing]
Anagol, Padma. “Rebellious Wives and Dysfunctional Marriages: Indian Women’s Discourses and Participation in the Debates over Restitution of Conjugal Rights and the Child Marriage Controversy in the 1880s and 1890s,” 420-65. In Sarkar and Sarkar, vol.1. [gender; legislation; social reform movements]
Anagol-McGinn, Padma. “The Age of Consent Act (1891) Reconsidered: Women’s Perspectives and Participation in the Child-Marriage Controversy in India.” South Asia Research 12:2 (1992), 100-18. [gender; legislation; social reform movements]
Anderson, Clare. ““Discourses of exclusion and the ‘convict stain’ in the Indian Ocean (c.1800-1850),” 105-120. In Tambe and Fischer-Tiné. [transportation; criminal law; Australia; British India]
——’The Ferringees are Flying–the ship is ours!’: the convict middle passage in colonial South and Southeast Asia, 1790-1860.” Indian Economic and Social History Review 42:2 (2005), 143-86. [transportation; prisons; criminal law]
——”The Transportation of Narain Sing: Punishment, Honour and Identity from the Anglo-Sikh Wars to the Great Revolt.” Modern Asian Studies 44:5 (2010), 1115-45. [criminal law; treason; prisons; Burma]
Anderson, Michael R. and Sumit Guha, eds. Changing Concepts of Rights and Justice in South Asia. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Anderson, Michael R. “Classification and Coercions: Themes in South Asian Legal Studies in the 1980s.” South Asia Research 10:2 (1990), 158-77.
——“India, 1858-1930: The Illusion of Free Labour,” 422-54. In Hay and Craven.
——“Islamic Law and the Colonial Encounter in British India,” 165-85. In David Arnold and Peter Robb, eds., Institutions and Ideologies: A SOAS South Asia Reader. Richmond, UK: Curzon, 1993. Also in Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML) Occasional Paper No.7 (June 1996), 1-24. [Muslims; Anglo-Islamic law]
Arnold, David. “The Colonial Prison: Power, Knowledge, and Penology in Nineteenth-Century India.” In Ranajit Guha, ed. A Subaltern Studies Reader, 1986-1995, 140-78. Minneapolis: University of Minneapolis Press, 1997.
—— “Crime and Crime Control in Madras, 1858-1947,” 62-88. In Yang.
Arunima, G. “A Vindication of the Rights of Women: Families and Legal Change in Nineteenth-century Malabar,” 114-39. In Anderson and Guha.
——There Comes Papa: Colonialism and the Transformation of Matriliny in Kerala, Malabar, c.1850-1940. Delhi: Orient Longman, 2003. [family law; property law]
Athulathmudali, Lalith W. “The Law of Defamation in Ceylon: A Study in the Interaction of English and Roman-Dutch Law.” International and Comparative Law Quarterly 13:4 (1964), 1368-1406. [Sri Lanka; libel]
Aung-Thwin, Maiitrii. The Return of the Galon King: History, Law and Rebellion in Colonial Burma. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2011.
Bailkin, Jordana .”The Boot and the Spleen: When was Murder possible in British India.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 48 (2006), 462-493.
Banerjee, Anil Chandra. English Law in India. Delhi: Abhinav, 1984.
Banerjee, Sukanya. Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the late-Victorian Empire. Durkham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.
Banerjee-Dube, Ishita. Religion, Law and Power: Tales of Time in Eastern India, 1860-2000. London: Anthem Press, 2007. [Hindu temple disputes; religious endowments; ascetics; Orissa; Mahima Dharma]
Baxi, Upendra. ‘”The State’s Emissary”: The Place of Law in Subaltern Studies.” In Partha Chatterjee and Gyanendra Pandey, eds. Subaltern Studies VII, 247-64. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Bently, Lionel. “Different Layers of Lawmaking: National, Regional and International Copyright, Translations and Relations between Britain and India in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.” Chicago-Kent Law Review 82 (2007), 1181-1240. [intellectual property]
Benton, Lauren. Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. [jurisdiction; sovereignty]
——A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. [jurisdiction; sovereignty]
Beverley, Eric Lewis. “Property, Authority and Personal Law: Waqf in Colonial South Asia.” South Asia Research 31 (2011), 155-82.
Bhatia, H. S. Justice System and Mutinies in British India. Delhi: Deep and Deep, 2001.
Bhattacharya, Neeladri. “Remaking Custom: The Discourse and Practice of Colonial Codification,” 20-51. In R. Champakalakshmi and S. Gopal, eds. Tradition, Dissent and Ideology: Essays in Honour of Romila Thapar. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996. [customary law; Punjab; Utilitarianism]
Bhattacharyya-Panda, Nandini. Appropriation and Invention of Tradition: The East India Company and Hindu Law in Early Colonial Bengal. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008. [personal law system]
Birla, Ritu. Stages of Capital: Law, Culture and Market Governance in Late Colonial India. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
Brimnes, Neil. “Beyond Colonial Law: Indigenous Litigation and the Contestation of Property in the Mayor’s Court in Late Eighteenth-Century Madras.” Modern Asian Studies 37:3 (2003), 513-50.
Carroll, Lucy. “Law, Custom and Statutory Social Reform: The Hindu Widows’ Remarriage Act of 1856,” 113-44. In Sarkar and Sarkar, vol.1. [gender; legislation; case law; social reform movements]
Chakrabarty, Dipesh, Rochona Majumdar, Andrew Sartori, eds. From the Colonial to the Postcolonial: India and Pakistan in Transition. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007. [independence]
Chakravarti, Uma. Rewriting History: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai. Delhi: Kali for Women, 1998. [personal law system; family law]
Chandra, Sudhir. Enslaved Daughters: Colonialism, Law and Women’s Rights. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Chandrachud, Abhinav. “Supreme Court’s Seniority Norm: Historical Origins.” Economic and Political Weekly 47:8 (25 Feb.2012), 26-30. [history of the legal profession; judges; High Courts; Federal Court of India]
Chatterjee, Indrani. Gender, Slavery and Law in Colonial India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999.
——“Genealogy, History and Law: The Case of the Tripura Rajamala,” 109-45. In Partha Chatterjee and Anjan Ghosh, eds. History and the Present. Delhi: Permanent Black, 2002.
Chatterjee, Nandini. “English Law, Brahmo Marriage and the Problem of Religious Difference: Civil Marriage Laws in Britain and India.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 52:3 (2010), 524-52.
—— “Indian Christian Personal Law in India: the modern origins of yet another tradition.” Cambridge Centre of South Asian Studies, Occasional Paper No. 4, 2004.
——The Making of Indian Secularism: Empire, Law and Christianity, 1830-1960. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. [personal law system]
——”Muslim or Christian? Family Quarrels and Religious Diagnosis in a Colonial Court.” American Historical Review 117:4 (2012), 1101-22. [Judicial Committee of the Privy Council; personal law system]
——“Religious Change, Social Conflicts and Legal Competition: The Emergence of Christian Personal Law in Colonial India.” Modern Asian Studies 44:6 (2010), 1147-95.
Chatterjee, Partha. A Princely Impostor? The Strange and Universal History of the Kumar of Bhawal. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. [courts; inheritance; property law]
Cocks, Raymond. “Social Roles and Legal Rights: Three Women in Early Nineteenth-Century India.” Legal History 23: 2 (August 2002) 77-106. [history of the legal profession]
Cohn, Bernard S. “From Indian Status to British Contract,” 463-82. In Bernard S. Cohn. An Anthropologist among the Historians and other Essays. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1987.
——“Law and the Colonial State in India,” 57-75. In B. Cohn, Colonialism and its Forms of Knowledge. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
—— “Some Notes on Law and Change in North India,” 554-74. In Cohn. An Anthropologist among the Historians.
Cooray, L. J. M. The Reception in Ceylon of the English Trust: An Analysis of the Case Law and Statutory Principles relating to Trusts and Trustees in Ceylon in light of the Relevant Foreign Cases and Authorities. Colombo: Lake House Printers and Publishers, 1971.
Daniels, Ronald J., Michael J. Trebilcock, and Lindsey D. Carson. “The Legacy of Empire: The Common Law Inheritance and Commitments to Legality in former British Colonies.” American Journal of Comparative Law 59 (2011), 111-78.
Davis, Jr., Donald R. The Boundaries of Hindu Law: Tradition, Custom and Politics in Medieval Kerala. Corpus Iuris Sansriticum et Fontes Iuris Asiae Meridianae et Centralis. Vol.5 Ed. Oscar Botto. Torino, Italy: CESMEO, 2004.
——“A Historical Overview of Hindu Law,” 17-27. In Lubin, Davis and Krishnan.
——“Intermediate Realms of Law: Corporate Groups and Rulers in Medieval India.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 48:1 (2005), 92-117.
——“Law and ‘Law Books’ in the Hindu Tradition.” German Law Journal 9:3 (2008), 309-26.
——“Law in the Mirror of Language: the Madras School of Orientalism on Hindu Law,” 288-309. In Thomas R. Trautmann, ed. The Madras School of Orientalism: Producing Knowledge in Colonial South India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009.
De, Rohit.”Emasculating the Executive: The Federal Court and Civil Liberties in Late Colonial India, 1942-1944,” 59-90. In Halliday, Karpik and Feeley. [nationalist movement; rule of law; history of the legal profession]
——“Mumtaz Bibi’s Broken Heart: The Many Lives of the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939.” Indian Economic and Social History Review 46:1 (2009), 105-30.
——“The Two Husbands of Vera Tiscenko: Apostasy, Conversion and Divorce in Late Colonial India.” Law and History Review 28:4 (2010), 1011-41.
Denault, Leigh. “Partition and the Politics of the Joint Family in Nineteenth-century North India.” Indian Economic and Social History Review 46:1 (2009), 27-55.
Derrett, J.D.M. “The Administration of Hindu Law by the British.” Comparative Studies in Society and History. 4 (1961), 10-52.
——Essays in Classical and Modern Hindu Law. Leiden: Brill, 1977.
——Religion, Law and the State in India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999.
DeSilva Wijeyeratne, Roshan, Biswajit Chanda, Prakash Shah. “South Asian Law.” In Katz. [law and religion; Buddhist law; Muslims; Anglo-Islamic law; diaspora]
DeSilva Wijeyeratne, Roshan. “Sri Lanka.” In Katz. [Ceylon; Buddhist law; Islamic law; Kandyan law; customary law; Roman-Dutch law]
Dezalay, Yves and Bryant G. Garth. Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyers in the Shadow of Empire. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. [history of the legal profession; colonialism; independence; comparative studies]
——“The Legal Construction of a Politics Of Notables: The Double Game of The Patricians of the Indian Bar in the Market of Civic Virtue.” Retfærd. Nordic Legal Journal 29:3 (2006), 42-6. [history of the legal profession]
——”National Usages for a ‘Global’ Science: The Dissemination of New Economic Paradigms as a Strategy for the Reproduction of Governing Elites,” 143-67. In Grégoire Mallard, Catherine Paradeise and Ashveen Peerbaye, eds. Global Science and National Sovereignty: Studies in Historical Sociology of Science. London: Routledge, 2009. [history of the legal profession]
Dirks, Nicholas. “From Little King to Landlord: Property, Law, and the Gift under the Madras Permanent Settlement.” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 28:2 (1986), 307-33.
Doongaji, Damayanti. Crime and Punishment in Ancient Hindu Society. Delhi: Ajanta Publications, 1986. [Hindu law]
Duman, Daniel. The English and Colonial Bars in the Nineteenth Century. London: Croom Helm, 1983. [history of the legal profession]
Engels, Dagmar. “Wives, Widows and Workers: Women and the Law in Colonial India,” 159-78. In Mommsen and de Moor.
Fisch, Jörg. Cheap Lives and Dear Limbs: the British transformation of the Bengal Criminal Law 1769-1817. Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1983.
——“Law as a Means and as an End: Some Remarks on the Function of European and Non-European Law in the Process of European Expansion,” 15-38. In Mommsen and de Moor.
Fraas, Arthur Mitchell.” ‘They Have Travailed Into a Wrong Latitude’: The Laws of England, Indian Settlement, and the British Imperial Constitution 1726-1773.” PhD dissertation, Duke University, 2011. [courts; East India Company; jury]
Fraas, Mitch. “Primary Sources at a Distance: Researching Indian Colonial Law.” Focus on Global Resources (Center for Research Libraries Global Resources Network) 32:1 (fall 2012), 9-11. [jury; East India Company; archives]
Franklin, Michael J. Orientalist Jones: Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. [personal law system; history of the legal profession; judges]
Freitag, Sandria. “Sansiahs and the State: The Changing Nature of ‘Crime’ and ‘Justice’ in Nineteenth-Century British India,” 82-113. In Anderson and Guha.
Galanter, Marc. Competing Equalities: Law and the Backward Castes in India. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.
——“The Displacement of Traditional Law in Modern India.” Journal of Social Issues 24:4 (1968), 65-91.
——“Fifty Years On,” 57-65. In J. Kirpal et al., Supreme but not Infallible: Essays in Honor of the Supreme Court of India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000. [constitutional law]
——“An Incomplete Bibliography of the Indian Legal Profession.” Law and Society Review 3:2/3 (1968-9), 445-62.
——“Introduction: The Study of the Indian Legal Profession.” Law and Society Review 3:2/3 (1968-9), 201-18.
—-Law and Society in Modern India. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989.
German Law Journal Special Issue on India. 9:3 (2008). Articles by Donald R. Davis, Jr., Piyel Haldar, and Werner Menski. [Hindu law; personal law system; courts]
Ghosh, Durba. “Household Crimes and Domestic Order: Keeping the Peace in Colonial Calcutta, c.1770-c.1840.” Modern Asian Studies 38:3 (2004), 599-623.
——Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. [family law; criminal law; courts]
Ghosh, Partha S. “Politics of Personal Law in India: The Hindu-Muslim Dichotomy.” South Asia Research 29:1 (2009), 1-17.
Ghosh, Shubha. “A roadmap for TRIPS: copyright and film in Colonial and Independent India.” Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property1:2 (2011), 146-62. [intellectual property]
Ghosh, Subhasri. “Nineteenth-Century Colonial Ideology and Socio-Legal Reforms: Continuity or Break?” Institute of Development Studies Kolkata Occasional Paper (June 2011), 1-50.
Gill, Kulwant. Hindu Women’s Right to Property in India. Delhi: Deep & Deep Publications, 1986. [gender; marriage; inheritance]
Gilmartin, David. “Customary Law and Shariat in British Punjab.” In Katherine P. Ewing, ed. Shariat and Ambiguity in South Asian Islam. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.
——”Election Law and the ‘People’ in Colonial and Postcolonial India,” 55-82. In Chakrabarty, Majumdar and Sartori. [rule of law; independence; sovereignty; democracy]
Gledhill, Alan. “The compilation of customary law in the Punjab in the nineteenth century,” 131-64. In John Gilissen, ed. La rédaction des coutumes dans le passé et dans le present (Etudes d’histoire et d’ethnologie juridique). Brussels: Les Editions de l’Institut de Sociologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1962.
Grey, Daniel J. R. “Gender, Religion, and Infanticide in Colonial India, 1870-1906.” Victorian Review 37:2 (2012), 107-120. [criminal law; childhood]
Groves, Matthew. “Law, Religion and Public Order in Colonial India: Contextualising the 1887 Allahabad High Court Case on ‘Sacred Cows.’” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 33:1 (2010), 87-121.
Gooptu, Suparna. Cornelia Sorabji: India’s Pioneer Woman Lawyer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Guenther, Alan M. “A Colonial Court defines a Muslim,” 293-304. In Barbara D. Metcalf, ed., Islam in South Asia. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.
——“Hanafi Fiqh in Mughal India: The Fatāwá-I ‛Ālamgīrī,” 209-30. In Richard M. Eaton, ed., India’s Islamic Traditions, 711–1750. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003. [early modern India; Islamic law; Muslims]
—— “Justice Mahmood and English Education in India.” South Asia Research 31:1 (2011), 45-67.
——“Syed Mahmood and the Transformation of Muslim Law in British India.” PhD Dissertation, McGill University, 2004.
Guha, Ranajit. “Chandra’s Death,” 34-62. In Guha, ed. A Subaltern Studies Reader, 1986-1995. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 1997.
—— A Rule of Property for Bengal: An Essay on the Idea of Permanent Settlement. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 1996. [property law; taxation]
Guha, Sumit. “Wrongs and Rights in Maratha Country: Antiquity, Custom and Power in Eighteenth-century India,” 14-29. In Anderson and Guha.
Gune, Vithal Trimbak. The Judicial System of the Marathas. Poona: Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute, 1953.
Halliday, T., L. Karpik, M. Feeley, eds., Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: The Politics of the Legal Complex. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. [history of the legal profession; rule of law; courts]
Hardiman, David. “From Custom to Crime: The Politics of Drinking in Colonial South Gujurat,” 165-99. In Guha, ed., Subaltern Studies IV. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1985.
Hatcher, Brian A. “Pandits at work: The modern shastric imaginary in early colonial Bengal,” 45-67. In Michael S. Dodson and Brian A. Hatcher, eds. Trans-Colonial Modernities in South Asia. London: Routledge, 2012. [Anglo-Hindu law; personal law system; native law officers; legal Orientalism; translation; history of the legal profession]
Hay, Douglas and Paul Craven, eds., Masters, Servants and Magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Heath, Deana. Purifying Empire: Obscenity and the Politics of Moral Regulation in Britain, India and Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Heimsath, Charles H. “The Origin and Enactment of the Indian Age of Consent Bill 1891.” Journal of Asian Studies 21:4 (1962), 491-504. [legislation; social reform movements]
Howell, P. A. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council 1833-1876: Its Origins, Structure and Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.
Hussain, Nasser. The Jurisprudence of Emergency: Colonialism and the Rule of Law. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.
Hussin, Iza. “Personal Status Law in South and Southeast Asia.” In Katz. [law and religion; Muslims; Islamic law; Bangladesh; Pakistan]
Hyslop, Jonathan. “Guns, Drugs and Revolutionary Propaganda: Indian Sailors and Smuggling in the 1920s.” South African History Journal 61:4 (2009), 838-46. [criminal law; nationalist movement]
Ibbetson, David. “Sir William Jones as Comparative Lawyer,” 17-43. In Alexander Murray, ed. Sir William Jones, 1746–1794: A Commemoration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998 (on behalf of University College Oxford).
Indian Economic and Social History Review Forum: “Personal Law, Identity Politics and Civil Society in Colonial South Asia.” 46:1 (2009). Articles and comments by Rohit De, Leigh Denault, Eleanor Newbigin, Mitra Sharafi and Erica Wald.
Jain, M.P. Outlines of Indian Legal History. Bombay: N.M.Tripathi, 1966.
Jaising, Indira. Men’s Laws, Women’s Laws: A Constitutional Perspective on Religion, Common Law and Culture in South Asia. Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2005. [personal law system; family law]
Jhala, Angma D. “The Malabar Hill murder trial of 1925: Sovereignty, law and sexual politics in colonial princely India.” Indian Economic and Social History Review 46 (2009), 373-400. [zenana women in purdah; gender; concubinage; polygamy; infanticide; abdication; criminal law; religion]
Jones, Justin. Shiߵa Islam in Colonial India: Religion, Community and Sectarianism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. [Islamic law; history of the legal profession; marriage; waqf; religious endowments]
——” ‘Signs of churning’: Muslim Personal Law and public contestation in twenty-first century India.” Modern Asian Studies 44:1 (2010), 175-200.
Kalyan, Anil. “Constitution and ‘extraconstitution’: colonial emergency regimes in postcolonial India and Pakistan,” 89-120. In Victor Vridar Ramraj and Arun K. Thiruvengadam, eds. Emergency Powers in Asia: Exploring the Limits of Legality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Kalhan, Anil, Gerald P. Conroy, Mamta Kaushal, Sam Scott Miller and Jed S. Rakoff. “Colonial Continuities: Human Rights, Terrorism, and Security Laws in India.” Columbia Journal of Asian Law 20:1 (2006), 93-234.
Karashima, Noboru. “Temple land in Chola and Pandyan inscriptions: The legal and historical implications of Kuḍinī ṅgā-dēvadāna.” Indian Economic and Social History Review 45:2 (2008), 175-99.
Karlekar, Malavika. “Kulin widowhood in nineteenth-century Bengal–the Life and times of Nistarini Debi,” 257-74. In Amita Dhanda and Archana Parashar, eds., Engendering Law: Essays in Honour of Lotika Sarkar. Lucknow: Eastern Book Company, 1999. [gender, marriage]
Kasturi, Malavika. “ ‘Asceticizing’ Monastic Families: Ascetic Genealogies, Property Feuds and Anglo-Hindu Law in Late Colonial India.” Modern Asian Studies 43:5 (2009), 1039-83.
Katz, Stanley N., ed. The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 (electronic version).
Kaul, Anjali. Administration of Law and Justice in Ancient India. Delhi: Sarup and Sons, 1993. [Hindu law]
Kaul, Raminder and William Mazzarella, eds. Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.
Kemper, Steven. “The Buddhist Monkhood, the Law, and the State in Colonial Ceylon.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 26:3 (1984), 401-27. [religion; Sri Lanka]
Kim, Diana. “The Story of the Tattooed Lady: Scandal and the Colonial State in British Burma.” Law & Social Inquiry 37:4 (2012), 969-90. [gender]
Kodoth, Praveena. “Courting Legitimacy or Delegitimizing Custom? Sexuality, Sambandham, and Marriage Reform in Late Nineteenth-Century Malabar.” Modern Asian Studies 35:2 (2001), 349-84.
Kolff, D. H. A. “The Indian and the British Law Machines: Some Remarks on Law and Society in British India,” 201-35. In Mommsen and de Moor.
Kolsky, Elizabeth. “Codification and the Rule of Colonial Difference: Criminal Procedure in British India.” Law and History Review 23:3 (2005), 631-84.
——Colonial Justice in British India: White Violence and the Rule of Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Kozlowski, Gregory. Muslim Endowments and Society in British India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
——”Muslim Women and the Control of Property in North India,” 20-43. In Sarkar and Sarkar, vol.2. [Anglo-Islamic law; gender]
Krishnan, Jayanth. “Professor Kingsfield Goes to Delhi: American Academics, the Ford Foundation, and the Development of Legal Education in India.” American Journal of Legal History 46:4 (2007), 447-99.
Kugle, Scott Alan. “Framed, Blamed and Renamed: The Recasting of Islamic Jurisprudence in Colonial South Asia.” Modern Asian Studies 35:2 (2001), 257-313.
Kumar, Radha. “Sex and Punishment among Mill-workers in early twentieth-century Bombay,” 179-97. In Anderson and Guha.
Kumarasingham, Harshan. A Political Legacy of the British Empire: Power and the Parliamentary System in Post-Colonial India and Sri Lanka. London: I. B. Tauris, 2013. [colonialism; independence; Ceylon; constitutional law]
Lahiri, Tarapada. Crime and Punishment in Ancient India. Delhi: Radiant Publishers, 1986. [criminal law]
Lariviere, Richard W. “Justices and Paṇḍitas: Some Ironies in Contemporary Readings of the Hindu Legal Past.” Journal of Asian Studies 48:4 (1989), 757-69. [personal law system; Hindu law; "native law officers"; history of the legal profession]
Larson, Gerald James, ed. Religion and Personal Law in Secular India: A Call to Judgment. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
Law and History Review Forum: “Colonial Order, British Law: The Empire and India.” 23:3 (2005). Articles and comments by Elizabeth Kolsky, Mithi Mukherjee, and Kunal Parker.
Law and History Review Forum: “Maneuvering the Personal Law System in Colonial India.” 28:4 (2010). Articles and comments by Rohit De, Elizabeth Kolsky, Chandra Mallampalli, Sally Engle Merry, and Mitra Sharafi.
Law and Society Review Special Issue devoted to “Lawyers in Developing Societies, with particular reference to India.” 3:2/3 (1968-9). Articles by George H. Gadbois, Jr., Marc Galanter, Harold Lewis Levy, Ludo Rocher, and others.
Leonard, Karen Isaksen. “Family Firms in Hyderabad: Gujarati, Goswami, and Marwari Patterns of Adoption, Marriage, and Inheritance.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 53:4 (2011), 827-54. [family law; personal law system; business]
Levy, Harold Lewis. “Lawyer-Scholars, Lawyer-Politicians and the Hindu Code Bill, 1921-1956.” Law and Society Review 3:2/3 (1969), 303-16.
Lewis Levy, Harold. “Lawyers-Scholars, Lawyer-Politicians and the Hindu Code Bill, 1921-1956.” Law and Society Review 3:2/3 (1968-9), 303-16.
Lingat, Robert. The Classical Law of India J.D.M. Derrett, trans. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Lokhandwalla, S. T. “Islamic Law and Ismaili Communities.” Indian Economic and Social History Review 4:2 (1967), 155-76. [Muslims; Anglo-Islamic law]
Lubin, Timothy, Donald R. Davis, Jr., and Jayanth K. Krishnan, eds. Hinduism and Law: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Majumdar, Rochona. Marriage and Modernity: Family Values in Colonial Bengal. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009. [Hindu personal law; family law; criminal law; property law; legislation]
Mallampalli, Chandra. Christians and Public Life in Colonial South India, 1863-1937: Contending with Marginality. London: Routledge Curzon, 2004. [family law; personal law system]
——“Escaping the Grip of Personal Law in Colonial India: Proving Custom, Negotiating Hindu-ness.” Law and History Review 28:4 (2010), 1043-1065.
——“Meet the Abrahams: Colonial Law and a Mixed Race Family from Bellary, South India, 1820-1863.” Modern Asian Studies 42:5 (2008), 927-68. [personal law system; Christian family law]
——Race, Religion and Law in Colonial India: Trials of an Interracial Family. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [personal law system; Christian family law]
Mani, Lata. Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. [gender; legislation; social reform movements]
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