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Shari'a in the West [Hardcover]

Rex Ahdar , Nicholas Aroney
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December 11, 2011 0199582912 978-0199582914
In February 2008, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered a public lecture in which he stated that it "seem[ed] unavoidable" that certain aspects of Islamic law (Shari'a) would be recognized and incorporated into British law. The comments provoked outrage from sections of the public who viewed any recognition of Shari'a law in Britain with alarm. In July 2008 Lord Phillips, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, weighed into the fray. He praised the Archbishop's speech and gave qualified support for Shari'a principles to govern certain family and civil disputes.

Responding to the polarized debate that followed these lectures, this is a collection of short essays written by distinguished and prominent scholars addressing the question of the accommodation of Shari'a within the legal systems of the liberal-democratic West. The matters raised in the two 2008 lectures provide a springboard for lively discussion, criticism and debate on both the specific question of religious/cultural accommodation by the law and the wider issues of multiculturalism, equality before the law and the desirability of parallel jurisdictions for particular faith communities.

Leading scholars from a range of countries and academic disciplines, and representing different political viewpoints and faith traditions explore the complex issues surrounding the legal recognition of religious faith in a multicultural society.

The volume aims to stimulate further thought on a complex issue, and to open up new pathways for policymakers and civil society institutions grappling with the relationship between Shari'a and Western legal systems.

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"Despite its complexity, the issue of the relationship between Shariah and Western legal systems is of prime interest to policymakers, jurists and Muslims living in the West...Shariah in the West opens the path for lively discussions on the place of Islam in the Western, multicultural democracies. It also raises the point made by Tariq Ramadan that Shariah is often interpreted in ways, inconsistent with its core principles and it needs serious scholarly reform and consensual modernisation"
--Lisa Kaaki, Arab News Blog

"Thought provoking and informative, it contains 16 essays from a global collection of expert contributors, most of them academics...If you wish to be better informed about Shari'a, then this is the book for you"
--Phillip Taylor MBE, Richmon Green Chambers

About the Author

Rex Ahdar is Professor of Law at the University of Otago.

Nicholas Aroney is Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199582912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199582914
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a well-researched book on Sharia law October 1, 2012
This is a collection of detailed and well-sourced chapters outlining various elements of Sharia law. The authors are all learned academics, each who has thoroughly researched his area. I know Nicholas Aroney, one of the editors and athor of a chapter, but this does not influence my assesment of this work as a superb piece of legal research. It is extraordinarly informative, but not biased, and I will use two of the chapters for an undergraduate class in International and omparative Law.

Carol Daugherty Rasnic
Prof. em. of Labor and International Law (Virginia)
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