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Remaking Muslim LivesEveryday Islam in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina$
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David Henig

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043291

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043291.001.0001

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Halal Exchange

Halal Exchange

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Remaking Muslim Lives

David Henig

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores reconfigurations of the moral economy of village life through the concept of halal exchange. Halal exchange refers to an Islamic form of moral economy that is concerned with an ethics of care and generosity. The chapter introduces the practices of Islamic charity in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Subsequently, it introduces the idea of halal exchange as a form of moral reasoning that underlies multiple spheres of exchange in village life, and offers villagers a parallel logic of relating to each other in a situation of rising inequalities and monetization of what once used to be mutual help. It shows how the conception of halal exchange is established in the ritual of sacrifice and how this logic travels to other spheres of everyday life and spheres of exchange, ranging from mutual help, managing debts and money, to property relations.

Keywords:   care, debt, economic theology, Halal, Islamic charity, moral economy, reciprocity, value, vital exchange, property relations

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