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1 Wael B. Hallaq
An Introduction to Islamic Law
Cambridge University Press; New Delhi, India; 2009; 0521127947 / 9780521127943; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
The study of Islamic law can be a forbidding prospect for those entering the field for the first time. Wael Hallaq, a leading scholar and practitioner of Islamic law, guides students through the intricacies of the subject in this absorbing introduction. The first half of the book is devoted to a discussion of Islamic law in its pre-modern natural habitat. The second part explains how the law was transformed and ultimately dismantled during the colonial period. In the final chapters, the author charts recent developments and the struggles of the Islamists to negotiate changes which have seen the law emerge as a primarily textual entity focused on fixed punishments and ritual requirements. The book, which includes a chronology, a glossary of key terms, and lists of further reading, will be the first stop for those who wish to understand the fundamentals of Islamic law, its practices and history. Contents Introduction Part I. Tradition and Continuity: 1. Who’s who in the Shari‘a 2. The law: how is it found? 3. The legal schools 4. Jurists, legal education and politics 5. Shari‘a’s society 6. Pre-modern governance: the circle of justice Part II. Modernity and Ruptures: 7. Colonizing the Muslim world and its Shari‘a 8. Modernizing the law in the age of nation states 9. State, ulama and Islamists 10. Shari‘a then and now: concluding notes. Printed Pages: 208. 033523

Price: 6.10 USD
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2 Wael B. Hallaq
Shar'ia: Theory, Practice, Transformation
Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK; 0521180333 / 9780521180337; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
In recent years, Islamic law, or Shari’a, has been appropriated as a tool of modernity in the Muslim world and in the West and has become highly politicised in consequence. Wael Hallaq’s magisterial overview of Shari’a sets the record straight by examining the doctrines and practices of Islamic law within the context of its history, and by showing how it functioned within pre-modern Islamic societies as a moral imperative. In so doing, Hallaq takes the reader on an epic journey tracing the history of Islamic law from its beginnings in seventh-century Arabia, through its development and transformation under the Ottomans, and across lands as diverse as India, Africa and South-East Asia, to the present. In a remarkably fluent narrative, the author unravels the complexities of his subject to reveal a love and deep knowledge of the law which will inform, engage and challenge the reader. Contents "Part I. The Pre-Modern Tradition: 1. The formative period 2. Legal theory: epistemology, language, and legal reasoning 3. Legal education and the politics of law 4. Law and society 5. The circle of justice and later dynasties Part II. The Law: An Outline: 6. Legal pillars of religion 7. Contracts and other obligations 8. Family law and succession 9. Property and ownership 10. Offenses 11. Jihad 12. Courts of justice, suits and evidence Part III. The Sweep of Modernity: 13. The conceptual framework: an introduction 14. The jural colonization of India and South-East Asia 15. Hegemonic modernity: the Middle East and North Africa during the nineteenth and early twentieth century 16. Modernizing the law in the age of nation-states 17. In search of a legal methodology 18. Repercussions: concluding notes." Printed Pages: 624. 034009

Price: 24.95 USD
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