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Studies in Islamic Law and Society, Islamic Law and Legal System: Studies of Saudi Arabia

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ISBN-13: 978-9004110625
ISBN-10: 9004110623
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'"Cet itude [] est remarquable par sa pricision, sa clarti et l'irudition'
Nahas M. Mahieddin, "Studia Islamica, 2001.
'" Einer der wichtigsten Aspekte dieses Buche ist, dass es Vogel gelingt, den viel zitierten Schleier zu l]ften, welcher ]ber dem islamischen Rechtssystem Saudi-Arabiens liegt.'
Sebastian Maisel, "PAVO.

'"Cet etude [...] est remarquable par sa precision, sa clarte et l'erudition "' Nahas M. Mahieddin, "Studia Islamica," 2001. '" Einer der wichtigsten Aspekte dieses Buche ist, dass es Vogel gelingt, den viel zitierten Schleier zu luften, welcher uber dem islamischen Rechtssystem Saudi-Arabiens liegt."' Sebastian Maisel, "PAVO.""

About the Author

Frank E. Vogel, J.D. (1975), American University, Ph.D. (1993) in Islamic Law, Harvard University, is Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School. He has published extensively on Islamic legal theory and application, including "Islamic Law and Finance" (Kluwer, 1998).

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Islamic Law and Society (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Brill (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004110623
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004110625
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,960,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Beusen on February 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book offers a unique glimpse into the two forces that are trying to dominate Saoudi-Arabian society: the islamic legal scholars (ulama) and the royal Saud family. At the moment the ulama seem to be winning this battle, which leads to the implementation of strict islamic Hanbali law in almost all spheres of everyday life. The striving of the king to implement more westernized laws is largely ignored by the ulama and the islamic judges. All this makes the Saoudi-arabian islamic system of law an ideal subject for studying and understanding Islam. The book is fairly easy reading, although I would say that some preliminary knowledge about Islam is required.
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