Shariah law is a subject that is misunderstood and misrepresented by many in the West. More than simply a system of law, it is concerned with a set of values and rules that are essential to the understanding and practice of Islam. In this volume, Mohammad Hashim Kamali, a world-renowned expert on Shariah, adopts a question-and-answer format to provide a clear introduction to its most salient aspects.
Extending from the sources of Shariah in the Qur’an, hadith and the legal maxims of Islamic law to the discussion of issues such as freedom of religion, gender equality and human rights, Shariah Law: Questions and Answers connects the theoretical aspects of the law with how it is applied in the world today. At once scholarly and accessible, it is sure to be a vital resource for students, teachers and general readers, addressing as it does a range of contemporary concerns, including jihad, democracy, the environment, genetic engineering, human cloning, euthanasia and abortion.
‘A solid jump-start into the subject for inquiring minds.’
– Library Journal
‘Comprehensive in its scope and detailed in discussing how shariah addresses issues such as worship, criminal law, gender and family, banking and finance, and modern bioethical and environmental concerns. Kamali is a sound scholar and an encyclopedic source of information on shariah’s theoretical and applied aspects, and this book reflects that erudition.’
– Publishers Weekly
‘Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali is one of the leading scholars of our time in the Islamic legal field, to which this book is a timely and critical contribution. His thoughtful, in-depth and accessible responses to essential questions help the reader to gain a comprehensive understanding of crucial Islamic notions.’
– Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies, University of Oxford
‘A must read for anyone seeking answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Shariah and a masterly demonstration of the contextualization of Shariah law in today’s setting.’
– Abdullah Saeed, Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne
‘A most appropriate book that provides a clear understanding of Shariah law, especially in these times of general misunderstanding about the system in the West. Highly recommended.’
– Mashood A. Baderin, Professor of Laws, School of Law, SOAS University of London
‘A clear-eyed, scholarly, thorough and timely general treatment of the most pressing questions an English-speaking layman may have about the Shariah.’