In the West, 'sharia' often calls to mind antiquated laws founded upon gender discrimination and barbaric punishments. In the East, for some it means the ideal standards by which Muslims strive to live; for others, it is the greatest obstacle to modernisation of their societies. These clashing views sometimes lead to violence. Clarification of the term has therefore become an urgent necessity. Sharia is all of these things and much more. It is the legal system of Islam, a series of guidelines and prohibitions. But it is also a concept invested with a whole range of meanings, from the virtuous attributes of an 'ideal' society, to the confinement of particular elements to otherness and adversity. Moving through history, society and Islamic thought to explore the sources of sharia law, Baudouin Dupret gets to the heart of its uses and abuses in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.-- Publisher's website.
First published in French as: La charia : des sources à la pratique. [Paris] : Éditions La Découverte, 2014. Translator from translation copyright statement.
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Introduction A concept and its contexts Exploring the sources of the divine law : the Quran The sources of the divine norm : prophetic tradition Access to sharia : consensus and analogical reasoning A survey of doctrine Practices and institutions of justice The invention of Islamic law Sharia in contemporary legal systems The sharia : political uses and constitutional renderings Sharia in countries where Islam is in a minority Conclusion.
KBP144 .D8713 2018
Charia., English, (DLC)no2018071253
London : C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, published in association with the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC), 2018.