Sharï¿½'a Theory, Practice, Transformations
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Description: In recent years, Islamic law, or Shari'a, has been appropriated as a tool of modernity in the Muslim world and in the West and has become highly politicised in consequence. Wael Hallaq's magisterial overview of Shari'a sets the record straight by examining the doctrines and practices of Islamic law within the context of its history, and by showing how it functioned within pre-modern Islamic societies as a moral imperative. In so doing, Hallaq takes the reader on an epic journey tracing the history of Islamic law from its beginnings in seventh-century Arabia, through its development and transformation under the Ottomans, and across lands as diverse as India, Africa and South-East Asia, to the present. In a remarkably fluent narrative, the author unravels the complexities of his subject to reveal a love and deep knowledge of the law which will inform, engage and challenge the reader.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/16/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
|Preface and acknowledgments|
|The pre-modern tradition|
|The formative period|
|Legal theory: epistemology, language and legal reasoning|
|Legal education and the politics of law|
|Law and society|
|The Circle of Justice and later dynasties|
|The law: an outline|
|The legal pillars of religion|
|Contracts and other obligations|
|Family law and succession|
|Property and ownership|
|Courts of justice, suits and evidence|
|The sweep of modernity|
|The conceptual framework: an introduction|
|The jural colonization of India and South-East Asia|
|Hegemonic modernity: the Middle East and North Africa during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries|
|Modernizing the law in the age of nation-states|
|In search of a legal methodology|
|Repercussions: concluding notes|
|Contents of substantive legal works|