Shari'a Law and Modern Muslim Ethics
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Many Muslim societies are in the throes of tumultuous political transitions, and common to all has been heightened debate over the place of shari`a law in modern politics and ethical life. Bringing together leading scholars of Islamic politics, ethics, and law, this book examines the varied meanings and uses of Islamic law, so as to assess the prospects for democratic, plural, and gender-equitable Islamic ethics today. These essays show that, contrary to the claims of some radicals, Muslim understandings of Islamic law and ethics have always been varied and emerge, not from unchanging texts but from real and active engagement with Islamic traditions and everyday life. The ethical debates that rage in contemporary Muslim societies reveal much about the prospects for democratic societies and a pluralist Islamic ethics in the future. They also suggest that despite the tragic violence wrought in recent years by Boko Haram and the Islamic State in Iraq, we may yet see an age of ethical renewal across the Muslim world.show more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.57mm | 572g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253022479
  • 9780253022479

About Robert W. Hefner

Robert W. Hefner is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University. He is editor of Shari'a Politics: Law and Society in the Modern Muslim World (IUP, 2011).show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsA Note on TransliterationContributors1. Shari`a Law and the Quest for a Modern Muslim Ethics. Robert W. HefnerSection 1: Shari`a Pluralities2. Shari`a and the Rule of Law. Anver M. Enom3. Moral Contestations and Patriarchal Ethics: Women Challenging the Justice of Muslim Family Laws. Ziba Mir-Hosseini4. Gender, Legality, and Public Ethics in Morocco. Zakia SalimeSection 2: Islamic Law and the State5. Constitutionalizing a Democratic Muslim State without Shari`a: The Religious Establishment in the Tunisian 2014 Constitution. Malika Zeghal6. Transformations in Muslim Views about "Forbidding Wrong": The Rise and Fall of Islamist Litigation in Egypt. Clark B. Lombardi and Connie J. Cannon7. Shari`a, Islamic Ethics, and Democracy: The Crisis of the "Turkish Model." Ahmet T. Kuru8. Islamic Modernism, Ethics, and Shari`a in Pakistan. Muhammad Qasim ZamanSection 3: New Ethical Imbrications9. "Shari`a" as a Moving Target? The Reconfiguration of Regional and National Fields of Muslim Debate in Mali. Dorothea E. Schulz10. Syariah, Inc.: Continuities, Transformations, and Cultural Politics in Malaysia's Islamic Judiciary. Michael G. Peletz11. Islamic Ethics and Muslim Feminism in Indonesia. Robert W. Hefnershow more

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