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Classical and Contemporary Studies
Editor: Chibli Mallat
This book groups essays which represent the most advanced scholarship on public law in the world of Islam. Whilst the studies cover a wide historical and geographical soan, ranging from early views in classical Islamic texts to the latest decisions of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court, the importance of Public law in the current debate, within Islamic legal and cultural context, constitutes the thread running through the work. Key issues such as shura (consultation), bay'a (choice or election of rulers), the significance of the shari'a (Islamic law), the structure and role of the courts and of the muftis, the rule of find extensive treatment in studies based on first-hand information by judges, scholars and practitioners.
In: Arab Law Quarterly
In: Islamic Law and Society
In: Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law Online
Author: Chibli Mallat

Against the sceptics, who see nonviolence as a serendipitous occurrence of the Middle East Revolution, the reality is that of a powerful, conscious determination of the revolutionaries in at least three countries where repression was immense, and where people refused to take up arms after the nonviolent precedents in Tunisia and in Egypt. In Bahrain, Yemen and Syria, the refusal to resort to violence is a conscious choice of hundreds of thousands of people. Th at clear appreciation of the power of nonviolence, in contrast to the revolutionaries in Libya, is the leitmotive of the Middle East Revolutions. Th e rebels in Libya made a mistake in taking up arms against Qaddafi , and lost Tripoli on the very day when the military front was constituted. Yet the rule remains, across the ME Revolution from the beginning of the paradigmatic shift in January 2011, in the attachment to nonviolence as the privileged means to revolutionary success.

In: Middle East Law and Governance