Islamic Criminal Law and Procedure: An Introduction

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Relatively little has been written in English about the Islamic legal tradition, a serious deficiency in light of recent tensions in the Middle East and the Islamic revival in general. The body of Islamic law, or Shari'a, is central to the understanding of Islamic society and the current conflict between fundamentalism and modernism in the Islamic world. While acknowledging the regional differences in the local characteristics of the Shari'a, this work provides a straightforward introduction to procedure and punishment, discussing the major concepts, principles, and practices. The establishment of the Shari'a signified a progressive step in the development of legal practice as it modified the Islamic customs of retaliation and blood revenge. Nevertheless, Islamic law differs from common and civil codes due to its religious and virtually unchangeable nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275930097
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/12/1988
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MATTHEW LIPPMAN is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

SEAN McCONVILLE is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

MORDECHAI YERUSHALMI is a research and teaching assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by M. Cherif Bassiouni

The Origin and Development of Islam

The Origins of Islamic Law

Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure and the Rules of Evidence


Islamic Criminal Law in Its Modern Setting

The Spiritual and the Temporal




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