This paper examines an instance of colonial ‘borrowing’ by the Russian colonial regime in Turkestan in the early 1900s. It looks at Russian interest in the policies of other colonial powers (primarily Britain and France) to help them solve problems of governance and administration among the Muslims of their Central Asian possessions. This led the commission of inspection led by Senator Count K. K. Pahlen, which toured the region in 1908-9, to attempt to use a code of Anglo-Muhammadan law developed in British India as the basis for a colonial codification of the Shari‘a in Turkestan. This attempt ended in fiasco, but it is revealing of Russian participation in a common colonial enterprise in the Muslim world, and of a shared colonial episteme.
|Title of host publication||Imperial Co-operation and Transfer, 1870-1930 Empires and Encounters|
|Editors||Volker Barth, Roland Cvetkovski|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
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Morrison, A. (2015). Creating a Colonial Shari'a for Russian Turkestan. Count Pahlen, the Hidaya, and Anglo-Muhammadan Law. In V. Barth, & R. Cvetkovski (Eds.), Imperial Co-operation and Transfer, 1870-1930 Empires and Encounters (pp. 127-149). Bloomsbury Publishing. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474256100