Islamic law: the Sharia from Muhammad's time to the present

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McFarland & Co., 2007 - Religion - 207 pages
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The sharia is a set of traditional laws that define a Muslims obligations to God and his fellow human beings. Westerners often misunderstand the nature of the sharia, born as it is of a complicated legal and academic tradition that may not always seem relevant to todays world. Written for those unfamiliar with Islam, this volume provides an accurate and objective assessment of the sharias achievements, shortcomings and future prospects. It explores the fundamentals of Islam and traditional sharia laws. In addition, the sharia is discussed with respect to Ottoman law, puritanism and jihad. The sharias relevance to todays world events is also explored. Among items provided in appendices are a commentary on a Western translation of the concept of jihad and an analysis of the sharia in 29 selected countries.

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