- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From the Publisher"This brilliant and ground-breaking work of scholarship brings about a revolution in the way non-Muslim minorities are viewed in Muslim societies and Shari'a Law. By conceptualising Shari'a more broadly as the 'rule of law' in relation to the 'enterprise of governance', minorities (Dhimmis) in Islamic law and governance are seen and analysed in a new and more accurate light and then compared properly to the governance of diversity within Western societies and legal systems. This is a must read for anyone interested in the comparative study of religious pluralism in Islamic and Western law."
—James Tully, Distinguished Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada
"Anver Emon's book provides a much needed corrective. Emon tackles some of the most controversial features of Islamic law - the status of the dhimmi and attitudes towards the "other" - and shows how they are part of a broader project of implementing the rule of law within a diverse populace...Emon's book is to be read carefully. It will be the touchstone of much future work on a subject that is of increasing relevance across disciplines and polities, the world over."
—Adam Seligman, Professor of Religion at Boston University
"Anver Emon's Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law is a major contribution to the recent debates on Shari'a and rule of law and pluralism. Very few studies have analyzed the problematic issue of the "legal other" and pluralism in both the premodern Muslim world and the present day. The author analyzes Muslim jurists' discourses on the legal rights of Dhimmis, offering detailed accounts of the normative framework that Muslim jurists developed to deal with the challenge of the 'legal other' in a religious legal system...Furthermore, comparing the legal debates on the dhimmis with recent legal debates on the hijab, niqab and minarets in the US, Canada and Europe, the author argues that despite claims for legal pluralism, legal systems cannot escape from being hegemonic against the interests of minorities."
—Muhammad Khalid Masud, Former Chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology, Islamabad, Pakistan