The study of the
sharīʿa has enjoyed a renaissance in the last two decades and it will continue to attract interdisciplinary attention given the ongoing social, political and religious developments throughout the Muslim world. With such a variety of debates, and a corresponding multitude of theoretical methods, students and non-scholars are often overwhelmed by the complexity of the field. Even experts will often need to consult multiple sources to understand these new voices and provide accessible answers to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike. This volume is intended for both the novice and expert as a companion to understanding the evolution of the field of Islamic law, the current work that is shaping this field, and the new directions the
sharīʿa will take in the twenty-first/fifteenth century.
Contributors are Khaled Abou El Fadl, Asma Afsaruddin Ahmad Ahmad, Sarah Albrecht, Ovamir Anjum, Dale Correa, Robert Gleave, Sohail Hanif, Rami Koujah, Marion Katz, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, David Warren and Salman Younas.
Sohaira Z.M. Siddiqui is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in Qatar. She has published the book
Law and Politics under the Abbasids: An Intellectual Portrait of al-Juwayni, and numerous articles in journals such as the
Journal of Islamic Studies,
Islamic Law and Society, and
The Journal of the American Oriental Society.
Notes on Contributors
Part 1: Reflections on the Study of the Sharīʿa
The Roots of Persuasion and the Future of Sharīʿa Khaled Abou El Fadl
Sectarianism and Integration Contemporary Categories and the Prospects for Islamic Legal Studies
Gender and Legal Fluidity Marion Katz
Translating The Fatigue of the Sharīʿa Ahmad Atif Ahmad
Part 2: Study of the Sharīʿa in the Classical Period
Qurʾānic Jihād Refracted through a Juridical Lens An Exercise in Realpolitik
Al-Ḥadīth al-Mashhūr A Ḥanafī Reference to Kufan Practice?
Taking a Theological Turn in Legal Theory Regional Priority and Theology in Transoxanian Ḥanafī Thought
Dale J. Correa
Maṣlaḥa as a Normative Claim of Islamic Jurisprudence The Legal Philosophy of al-ʿIzz b. ʿAbd al-Salām
Part 3: Study of the Sharīʿa in the Modern and Contemporary Periods
A Conservative Jurist’s Approach to Legal Change Ashraf ʿAlī al-Thānawī on Women’s Political Rule
Legislating Morality and Other Illusions about Islamic Government Asifa Quraishi-Landes
Relocating Dār al-Islām Contemporary Islamic Perspectives on Territoriality
Religion, Politics, and the Anxiety of Contemporary Maṣlaḥa Reasoning The Production of a Fiqh al-Thawra after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution
David H. Warren
Whither Islam? Western Islamic Reform and Discursive Density
Ovamir Anjum Index
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