An Introduction to Islamic Law by Wael B. Hallaq

By Wael B. Hallaq

The learn of Islamic legislations could be a forbidding prospect for these getting into the sector for the 1st time. Wael Hallaq, a number one pupil and practitioner of Islamic legislations, publications scholars during the intricacies of the topic during this soaking up creation. the 1st half the booklet is dedicated to a dialogue of Islamic legislations in its pre-modern average habitat. the second one half explains how the legislations was once remodeled and eventually dismantled throughout the colonial interval. within the ultimate chapters, the writer charts contemporary advancements and the struggles of the Islamists to barter adjustments that have visible the legislations grow to be a essentially textual entity fascinated by fastened punishments and formality necessities. The e-book, which incorporates a chronology, a thesaurus of keyword phrases, and lists of additional studying, may be the first cease should you desire to comprehend the basics of Islamic legislation, its practices and history.

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From their perspective, this could eventually open the way for the demise of dictatorships and their replacement by popular governments at home, and curtailment of American hegemonic involvement in their countries. They tend to view such an outcome as an important result of the Iraq conflict in shifting the power of action from the authorities to the people for the first time in modern history. It is evident that the ‘War on Terror’ has lost its focus, and the relations between the world of Islam and the West – more specifically the US – have grown tense, to say the least.

Theocracy, but also isolationist ‘selfdefence’ paralleling globalisation in shaping world politics. The Way Forward What is to be done to defuse the situation in support of better understanding and cooperation, and to create a safer and more stable world? It is important that the fate of world politics be wrested from the three minority extremist groups that have interactively emerged to shape the destiny of the mainstream elements of each community: al-Qaeda and its close associates from the Muslim world; elements of neoconservatives, reborn Christians and ultra naitionalists in the US; and inflexible religious Zionists from Israel.

Next, light will be shed on the politicisation of religion underpinning the worldview of the jihadists. Finally, it will be outlined what I term as ‘irregular war’ being the instrument of jihadism for establishing the new divine order they envision. The Subject Matter and the Scope of the Analysis From the outset, it is important to note that any dealing with these issues is difficult as it involves breaking taboos and challenging prevailing understandings. Nevertheless, after 11 September 2001 it has become easier to speak of jihadist Islamism as a security threat.

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