Law and Society in Islam

Law and Society in Islam

by Devin J. Stewart, Amy Singer, Baber Johansen
     
 

This book covers significant themes explaining the practice of Islamic law. The first essay treats taqiyyah (literally, "caution"), the concealment of one's religion when to reveal it would incur danger, which is based on a Koranic passage. The author provides not only a legal and religious analysis of taqiyyah, but also, through the detailed examination of a… See more details below

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This book covers significant themes explaining the practice of Islamic law. The first essay treats taqiyyah (literally, "caution"), the concealment of one's religion when to reveal it would incur danger, which is based on a Koranic passage. The author provides not only a legal and religious analysis of taqiyyah, but also, through the detailed examination of a prominent sixteenth-century Shiite scholar and cleric, reveals a complex pattern of behavior that allows Twelver Shi'is and other sectarian groups to reduce the risks entailed by participation in societies dominated by a Sunni majority. The second essay inquires into norms for physical and sexual contacts between individuals, even husbands and wives, defining rights to look, to touch, and even to mutilate. The third essay evaluates the Ottoman records of local fines. This report on legal regulations and their execution as well as on practices of law and tradition in villages of Northern Palestine creates a colorful picture of life in the sixteenth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558761230
Publisher:
Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Series:
Princeton Series on the Middle East
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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