Shari`a (Islamic Law)

Andrew March

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Shari`a (Islamic Law)

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Islamic law refers to the idea of a divine law as imagined by God (shariʿa), to Islamic moral epistemology and jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh), to doctrines of positive law as formulated by the Islamic legal schools (fiqh), and in general to the applied legal order of Muslim polities when it makes some claim to religious legitimacy (sulta, siyasa, qanun). Interest in Islamic law, always steady, has grown significantly since the early 1990s. The study of Islamic law in the academy tends to center around the following themes and issues: classical legal theory (usul al-fiqh) as a branch of Islamic religious thought, classical positive law as a source for social history, Islamic law as codified state law in the late Ottoman Empire and post-colonial Muslim countries, and (more recently) Islamic law as Islamic ethics and its evolution in the contemporary world.

Article.  8767 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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