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<i>Shari</i><i>a</i>: The Codification of Islamic Law

Muhammad Said Al-Ashmawi

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Sharia: The Codification of Islamic Law

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Muhammad Said Al-Ashmawi (Egypt, born 1932), chief judge of the High Court of Appeals and the High Court of State Security, may well have passed sentence on the Islamic radicals who have waged a campaign against the authoritarian Egyptian state. In the book excerpted here, he condemns the radicals in a different manner, criticizing the theological basis for their calls for an Islamic state. His vigorous attack 1 on what he calls political Islam 2 provoked intense reactions when it was published in Egypt in 1987, angering conservativesincluding the head of the state-run Islamic university, the Shaykh al-Azharand pleasing liberals, even oppositionists who infrequently sympathize with top state officials. 3

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