Robin W Lovin

in Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641444
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741104 | DOI:

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This chapter suggests that by clearing ground, the chapters in this volume create a space that Islamic law and international law can both occupy, though neither one of them holds the territory entirely on its own terms. The common ground is not a space where all questions have been settled. The common ground is where both systems of law continue to pose questions to one another, but each understands the other better and understands itself differently because of the ground clearing that has taken place. This book thus may suggest a way of proceeding in future discussions about law and religion or, indeed, about any interaction between different normative systems that have wide reaches, long histories, and deep cultural roots.

Keywords: international law; common ground; Islamic law; territory

Chapter.  4148 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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