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Heaven on Earth A Journey Through Shari'a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World

ISBN-10: 0374533733
ISBN-13: 9780374533731
Edition: N/A
Authors: Sadakat Kadri
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Description: A vivid, essential exploration of the shari‘a, the contested and often misunderstood code of Islamic justiceIn the wake of the colossal acts of terrorism of the last decade, the legal historian and human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri realized that  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

A vivid, essential exploration of the shari‘a, the contested and often misunderstood code of Islamic justiceIn the wake of the colossal acts of terrorism of the last decade, the legal historian and human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri realized that many people in the West had ideas about the origins and implications of the shari‘a, or Islamic law, that were hazy, contradictory, or simply wrong. Even as “shari‘a” became a loaded word and an all-encompassing explanation, most of us remained ignorant of its true meaning. And we were doing this at our peril.     InHeaven on Earth, Kadri brings lucid wit and analytical skill to the thrilling and turbulent story of Islam’s foundation and expansion, and explains how, just in the last forty years, the shari‘a has been appropriated and transformed by hard-liners desperate to impose their oppressive vision. In the second half of the book, Kadri takes us on an extraordinary journey through more than half a dozen countries in the Islamic world, where he explores, in striking detail, how the shari‘a is taught, read, reinterpreted, reverenced, and challenged.    Heaven on Earthis a brilliantly iconoclastic tour through one of history’s great collective intellectual achievements, as complex as the religion that brought it to life. The shari‘a continues to shape both explosive political circumstances and the daily life of more than a billion Muslims, and Kadri has given us a compelling and clarifying portrait of a changeable world of faith, reason, and justice.

Prologue: Infinite Justice
The Past
Laying Down the Law
From Revelations to Revolution
The Formation of the Law Schools
Commanding the Faithful
The Sunni Challenge and the Shi'a Response
The Caliphate Destroyed: A Shadowless God
The Reinvention of Tradition: Salafism
Jihad: A Law-Torn World
The Present
Innovation and Its Discontents: Islamic Law and the Challenge of Change
Punishment and Pity: The Modern Revival of Islamic Criminal Law
"No Compulsion in Religion"? Apostasy, Blasphemy, and Tolerance
Heaven on Earth
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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