‘Transformative Accommodation’: Towards the Convergence of Sharīʿah and Common Law in Muslim Minority Jurisdictions

in Arab Law Quarterly
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?

Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.


Have Institutional Access?

Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?


In spite of the increasingly globalized nature of the modern world and the surge in cross-civilizational intercourse among peoples of different backgrounds, cultures and ideologies, there is still the spectre of mutual suspicion in some Muslim minority jurisdictions where Muslims have sought to conduct their affairs in accordance with the Sharīʿah. In order to promote peaceful co-existence and mutual understanding, this article examines the prospects of convergence of Sharīʿah and Common law in Muslim communities in Western countries based on the concept of transformative accommodation. The study concludes that the long historical revelations of the Islamic origins of some important Common law concepts should pave a way for transformative accommodation which will ultimately lead to convergence of laws.

‘Transformative Accommodation’: Towards the Convergence of Sharīʿah and Common Law in Muslim Minority Jurisdictions

in Arab Law Quarterly



  • 1

    P. De CruzA Modern Approach to Comparative Law (Deventer: Kluwer1993) p. 34.

  • 2

    C. Harlow‘Voices of Difference in a Plural Community’American Journal of Comparative Law 50 (2002): 339.

  • 3

    G.M. Badr‘Islamic law: Its Relation to Other Legal Systems’American Journal of Comparative Law 26(2) (Spring 1978): 187 at 196.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • 4

    J.A. Makdisi‘The Islamic Origins of Common Law’North Carolina Law Review 77 (June 1999): 1635 at 1719.

  • 8

    W.B. Hallaq‘Legal Reasoning in Islamic Law and Common Law: Logic and Method’Cleveland State Law Review 34 (1985): 95-96.

  • 9

    N.J. CoulsonConflicts and Tensions in Islamic Jurisprudence (Chicago: University of Chicago1969) pp. 84-85.

  • 12

    Rashidsupra note 10 at 15-16.

  • 14

    D.L. Horowitz‘The Qur’an and Common Law: Islamic law Reform and the Theory of Legal Change’American Journal of Comparative Law42 (1994): 233at 293.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • 18

    W. MenskiComparative Law in a Global Context (London: Cambridge University Press2005) p. 39.

  • 19

    Kamalisupra note 13 at 243.

  • 23

    Kamalisupra note 13 at 232.

  • 24

    R. Williams‘Civil and Religious Law in England: A Religious Perspective’KATHA—The Official Journal of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue 4 (2008): 123.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • 25

    Parraysupra note 21 88-107.

  • 27

    M. Rafeeq‘Rethinking Islamic law Arbitration Tribunals: Are They Compatible with Traditional American Notions of Justice?’Wisconsin International Law Journal 28(1) (2010): 108-139.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • 29

    A. Black‘Legal recognition of Sharia law: Is this the right direction for Australian family matters?’Family Matters 84 (2010): 64-67.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • 33

    J.R. Bowen‘How Could English Courts Recognize Shariah?’University of St. Thomas Law Journal 7(3) (2010): 423-425.

  • 34

    Ibid. p. 424.

  • 35

    M.A. Baderin‘Administration of Justice under the Sharīʿah, Common Law, and Civil Law System: Towards a Better Understanding’Malaysian Journal of Sharī’ah and Law 2 (2010): 1-48.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation

Index Card

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 54 47 2
Full Text Views 173 173 0
PDF Downloads 6 6 0
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0