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. This short, accessible book
provides an invaluable guide for those seeking to understand a
matter more complex and pressing today than ever before.
C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
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