A world expert's introduction to the controversial subject of Islamic law
Providing a comprehensive and accessible examination of Shari’ah Law, this well considered introduction examines the sources, characteristic features, and schools of thought of a system often stereotyped for its severity in the West. In a progressive and graduated fashion, Mohammad Hashim Kamali discusses topics ranging from juristic disagreement to independent reasoning. Also broaching more advanced topics such as the principle of legality and the role and place of Shari’ah-oriented policy, Kamali controversially questions whether Islam is as much of a law-based religion as it has often been made out to be. Complete with a bibliography and glossary, and both a general index and an index of Arabic quotations, this wide-ranging exploration will prove an indispensable resource for Islamic students and scholars, and an informative guide to a complex topic for the general reader.
"Goes far beyond an 'introduction'; it is indeed an excellent compendium of Islamic jurisprudence." Tahir Mahmood, Chairman, Amity University Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, India, and former chairman of the National Minorities Commission, India. "Kamali's masterful introduction is the best way to get introduced to the rich tradition of Islamic law. An exquisite accomplishment." Omid Safi, Director, Middle Eastern and Islamic Civilizations Studies (MIST) Program, Colgate University
"Goes far beyond an 'introduction'; it is indeed an excellent compendium of Islamic jurisprudence."
– Tahir Mahmood - Chairman, Amity University Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, India, and former ch
"An extremely valuable work and a useful companion for students of law, Islamic studies and Muslim world affairs. A balanced, comprehensive and progressive exposition of Islamic legal thought."
– Mahmood Ahmad Ghazi - President, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
"Kamali's masterful introduction is the best way to get introduced to the rich tradition of Islamic law. An exquisite accomplishment."
– Omid Safi - Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University, New York State, USA
"Authoritative and comprehensive. An extremely valuable resource for scholars and students of Islamic legal studies."
– Abdullahi An-Na`im - Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University
"A remarkable overview of the conceptual framework of shari'ah. At a time when the phrase "Islamic law" can mean anything, Kamali insists on precision in terminology and helps the reader orient herself in a vast and perhaps unfamiliar terrain."