Islamic Law: The Sharia from Muhammad's Time to the Present

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McFarland & Company, Jan 1, 2007 - Religion - 207 pages
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The sharia is a set of traditional laws that define a Muslim's 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 today's world. Written for those unfamiliar with Islam, this volume provides an accurate and objective assessment of the sharia's 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 sharia's relevance to today's world events is also explored. Appendices provide Al-Shafi'i's views on legal knowledge; Ibn Hanbal's discourse on marriage and divorce; a Western translation of the concept of jihad; and an analysis of the sharia in twenty-nine selected countries.

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Hunt Janin is an American writer and retired diplomat specializing in international issues and history. He is the author of Claiming the American Wilderness (2006), The Pursuit of Learning in the Islamic World, 610–2003 (2005), Medieval Justice (2004), Four Paths to Jerusalem (2002), Fort Bridger, Wyoming (2001) and The India-China Opium Trade in the Nineteenth Century (1999). A native Californian, he lives in St. Urcisse, France. André Kahlmeyer has a MA degree in Middle Eastern studies and has studied, traveled, worked, and learned Arabic in the Middle East. He now focuses on Middle Eastern issues as a member of an international organization based in Belguim.

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