"... this is an excellent book, one that provides a concise synthesis of one of the most important concepts driving Islamic thought."
Brannon M. Wheeler, Journal of Near Eastern Studies
"... every modern student of Islamic law should study this work seriously."
Afzal Sumar, Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies
Michael Cook's classic study, Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought, reflected upon the Islamic injunction to forbid wrongdoing. This book is a short, accessible survey of the same material. Using stories from Islamic history to illustrate the argument, Cook unravels the complexities of the subject. Moving backwards and forwards through time, he demonstrates how the past informs the present. The book educates and entertains. At its heart, however, is an important message about Islamic tradition, its values, and the relevance of those values today.