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Corpse-work in the prehistory of political boundaries
Richard Kernaghan

circulate, I argue, accentuates the climatic attributes of political time – attributes that must first be sensed before their importance may be grasped. For if the primary 182 Richard Kernaghan purpose of political community is to safeguard relations between subjects, time becomes ‘weather’ precisely when the possibility of property itself is placed in doubt. Questions The blunt touch of Sendero law-making often raised the question of why? Why so violent? Why so uncompromising? Why did they impose such a rigid political programme?6 The movement’s extreme secrecy

in Governing the dead
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Theoretical approaches
Finn Stepputat

afterworld – and hence the political nature of the passage from life to death – which otherwise has been an important element for the construction of hegemony and social order. In Latin America, for example, ideas of an afterworld and in particular of purgatory were crucial for Spanish colonisation, when the brute, law-making force of the conquest was replaced by law-enforcing political governance, including the insertion of the Catholic Church between life and death to help people to ‘die well’.9 This ensured a certain power over life in the form of confessions and other

in Governing the dead
The case of the management of the dead related to COVID-19
Ahmed Al-Dawoody

This article studies one of the humanitarian challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis: the dignified handling of the mortal remains of individuals that have died from COVID-19 in Muslim contexts. It illustrates the discussion with examples from Sunni Muslim-majority states when relevant, such as Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and Pakistan, and examples from English-speaking non-Muslim majority states such as the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and Australia as well as Sri Lanka. The article finds that the case of the management of dead bodies of people who have died from COVID-19 has shown that the creativity and flexibility enshrined in the Islamic law-making logic and methodology, on the one hand, and the cooperation between Muslim jurists and specialised medical and forensic experts, on the other, have contributed to saving people’s lives and mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Muslim contexts.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal