The Circle of Beneficence

in The Culture of Islam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226726137
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226726144 | DOI:
The Circle of Beneficence

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Corruption, at first sight, may not seem a particularly fruitful domain for understanding the role of ambivalence, yet as one watches people cope with it on a daily basis one can see the twofold aspect—the struggle for advantage, the discomfort with exclusivity—that it presents. This chapter follows a group of people who set out to assist one of their number in a marital problem that incorporates attending to the petty corruption associated with certain legal proceedings. More to the point, it becomes a story of how, given ambivalent attitudes towards accomplishing desired goals in such an environment, efforts are made, largely through the narration of their common circumstances, to carve out a zone of solidarity and beneficence in a climate of unpalatable means.

Keywords: corruption; ambivalence; marital problem; legal proceedings; solidarity; exclusivity

Chapter.  8843 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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