Comparative Studies in Society and History (CSSH) is a forum for new research and interpretation concerning problems of recurrent patterning and change in human societies through time and in the contemporary world. Now in its fifty-seventh year, CSSH sets up a working alliance among specialists in all branches of the social sciences and humanities. Review articles and discussions bring readers into touch with current findings and issues.


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Volume 58 Number 2 April 2016

Editorial Foreword

Traveling Spirits of Iran

NILE GREEN   Fordist Connections: The Automotive Integration of the United States and Iran

ALIREZA DOOSTDAR   Empirical Spirits: Islam, Spiritism, and the Virtues of Science in Iran

The Layering of Law

FRANCISCO APELLÁNIZ   Judging the Franks: Proof, Justice, and Diversity in Late Medieval Alexandria and Damascus

NANDINI CHATTERJEE   Mahzar-namas in the Mughal and British Empires: The Uses of an Indo-Islamic Legal Form

Plant Science in the Post/Colony

PRAKASH KUMAR   Plantation Indigo and Synthetic Indigo: European Planters and the Redefinition of a Colonial Commodity

LAURENCE MONNAIS and NOÉMI TOUSIGNANT   The Values of Versatility: Pharmacists, Plants, and Place in the French (Post)Colonial World

Police Actions

CHRIS PEARSON   Between Instinct and Intelligence: Harnessing Police Dog Agency in Early Twentieth-Century Paris

GREG FELDMAN   “With my head on the pillow”: Sovereignty, Ethics, and Evil among Undercover Police Investigators

Persians Bearing Gifts

RICHARD PAYNE   Sex, Death, and Aristocratic Empire: Iranian Jurisprudence in Late Antiquity

ASSEF ASHRAF   The Politics of Gift Exchange in Early Qajar Iran, 1785–1834

CSSH Discussion

MARINA WELKER   No Ethnographic Playground: Mining Projects and Anthropological Politics. A Review Essay

CSSH Notes

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