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Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari'a
     

Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari'a

by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
 

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ISBN-10: 0674034562

ISBN-13: 9780674034563

Pub. Date: 03/30/2010

Publisher: Harvard

What should be the place of Shari‘a—Islamic religious law—in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this ambitious and topical book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for Shari‘a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationship between religion and the secular state in all

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What should be the place of Shari‘a—Islamic religious law—in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this ambitious and topical book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for Shari‘a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationship between religion and the secular state in all societies.

An-Na‘im argues that the coercive enforcement of Shari‘a by the state betrays the Qur’an’s insistence on voluntary acceptance of Islam. Just as the state should be secure from the misuse of religious authority, Shari‘a should be freed from the control of the state. State policies or legislation must be based on civic reasons accessible to citizens of all religions. Showing that throughout the history of Islam, Islam and the state have normally been separate, An-Na‘im maintains that ideas of human rights and citizenship are more consistent with Islamic principles than with claims of a supposedly Islamic state to enforce Shari‘a. In fact, he suggests, the very idea of an “Islamic state” is based on European ideas of state and law, and not Shari‘a or the Islamic tradition.

Bold, pragmatic, and deeply rooted in Islamic history and theology, Islam and the Secular State offers a workable future for the place of Shari‘a in Muslim societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674034563
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
922,147
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface

  1. Introduction: Why Muslims Need a Secular State
  2. Islam, the State, and Politics in Historical Perspective
  3. Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and Citizenship
  4. India: State Secularism and Communal Violence
  5. Turkey: Contradictions of Authoritarian Secularism
  6. Indonesia: Realities of Diversity and Prospects of Pluralism
  7. Conclusion: Negotiating the Future of Shari‘a

  • References
  • Index

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