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The Culture of IslamChanging Aspects of Contemporary Muslim Life$
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Lawrence Rosen

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226726137

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226726144.001.0001

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The Circle of Beneficence

The Circle of Beneficence

Narrating Coherence in a World of Corruption

(p.3) 1 The Circle of Beneficence
The Culture of Islam
University of Chicago Press

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

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