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Islamic Law and the Challenges of Modernity
     

Islamic Law and the Challenges of Modernity

by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Barbara Freyer Stowasser, Wael B. Hallaq, Nathan J. Brown, Adel Omar Sherif
 

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ISBN-10: 0759106703

ISBN-13: 9780759106703

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: AltaMira Press

One of the central demands of Islamists is the restitution of shari'a law, a demand that has been responded to by a shifting combination of rejection and accommodation in the nation-states of the Middle East. Presented by Haddad (history of Islam and Christian- Muslim relations, Georgetown U.) and Stowasser (Arabic language, literature, and linguistics;

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One of the central demands of Islamists is the restitution of shari'a law, a demand that has been responded to by a shifting combination of rejection and accommodation in the nation-states of the Middle East. Presented by Haddad (history of Islam and Christian- Muslim relations, Georgetown U.) and Stowasser (Arabic language, literature, and linguistics; Georgetown U.) present eight papers that explore some of the challenges raised by this demand, including the legal and political efficacy of state muftis (interpreters of Islamic law) in Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt; Egyptian attempts to balance Western notions of constitutionalism with popular demands for shari'a; and the possibilities of applying Islamic legal notions of asylum as a basis for nation-state acceptance of the right of asylum. Full one half of the articles examine legal questions related to women, including the largely European-derived personal status codes of the Arab governments, the incorporation of tahlil (or temporary marriage) into the personal status codes, and Islamic historic legal traditions that support greater freedom for women. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759106703
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.93(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Islamic Law and the Challenge of Modernity1
Part 1Modernization and Legal Reform in the Arab World
Chapter 1Can the Shari'a Be Restored?21
Chapter 2Inscribing the Islamic Shari'a in Arab Constitutional Law55
Chapter 3A Typology of State Muftis81
Chapter 4A Contextual Approach to Improving Asylum Law and Practices in the Middle East99
Part 2Legal Reforms and the Impact on Women
Chapter 5Internationalizing the Conversation on Women's Rights: Arab Countries Face the CEDAW Committee133
Chapter 6Tahlil Marriage in Shari'a, Legal Codes, and the Contemporary Fatwa Literature161
Chapter 7Egyptian Feminism: Trapped in the Identity Debate183
Chapter 8Muslim Women and Legal Reform: The Case of Jordan and Women's Work213
Bibliography233
Glossary245
Index251
About the Contributors261

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