Perspectives on Islamic Law, Justice, and Society

Perspectives on Islamic Law, Justice, and Society

by R. S. Khare, R S. Khare, Abdulaziz Sachedina, Lawrence Rosen, A John Simmons
     
 

This book provides an accessible introductory discussion of issues in Islamic law, justice, and society. At the center of the volume is a discussion of some interrelated theological, historical, legal, and practical issues facing Islamic law in such different countries and regions as Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, and South Asia. The contributors adopt a

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This book provides an accessible introductory discussion of issues in Islamic law, justice, and society. At the center of the volume is a discussion of some interrelated theological, historical, legal, and practical issues facing Islamic law in such different countries and regions as Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, and South Asia. The contributors adopt a comparative cross-cultural perspective on three interdependent aspects: first, Islamic ideals and formal legal institutions and scholarship; second, regionally varied historical interpretations and social adaptations of Islamic law under differing political conditions; and third, Islamic approaches to such modern-day practical problems as women's status in legal testimony and modern medical definitions of death. This will be a valuable book for students and scholars of Middle Eastern studies, law, and history.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of The American Academy of Religion
The collection achieves its aim of accessibility. References to classical fiqh are adequate, while the application of legal principles to actual cases produces vivd examples of immediate relevance.
American Journal of Islamic Social Studies
This book is a refreshing overview of Islamic legal principles and new trends within Islamic societies. R.S. Khare has assembled a number of distinguished academics to discuss Islamic law, not as a homogenous entity, but rather in light of the reality: that Islamic law is multi-faceted, varied, highly regional and must be viewed in light of historical changes. R.S.Khare's collecion of essays is thought-provoking and well organized as well as containing a diversity of viewpoints. One need not be an expert in Islamic law to understand the essays. Perspectives on Islamic Law, Justice, and Society provides remarkable depth and insight into the theological, historical, sociological and cultural aspects of Islamic law as the historically changing interpretation of a set of divine principles.
Discourse
Will be valuable for students and scholars of Middle Eastern studies, law, and history.
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
The collection achieves its aim of accessibility. References to classical fiqh are adequate, while the application of legal principles to actual cases produces vivd examples of immediate relevance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847694037
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.69(d)

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R. S. Khare is professor of anthropology at the University of Virginia and the author of Cultural Diversity and Social Discontent: Anthropological Studies on Contemporary India (Sage).

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