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'Adat' (Customary Law)

Warren, C. (2002) 'Adat' (Customary Law). In: Levinson, D. and Christensen, K., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Modern Asia. Berkshire Publishing, New York, U.S.A, pp. 13-17.


The Encyclopedia of Asia extends the global coverage offered in Berkshire Publishing Group's many publications on world cultures, ethnic relations, and the environment and was edited by Berkshire's David Levinson and Karen Christensen with a board of leading scholars from around the world. This massive project - 3,000 articles, 2.2 million words of text, hundreds of photographs, 700 authors in 65 countries - is the definitive resource on the entire sweep of Asia, from the Muslim countries of Southeast Asia, across China, India, and the Central Asian republics to the Turkic nations of western Asia.

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Publication Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Berkshire Publishing
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