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Islam : Its Law and Society : 3rd Edition - Jamila Hussain


Its Law and Society : 3rd Edition

Paperback Published: 15th September 2011
ISBN: 9781862878198
Number Of Pages: 304

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Since Islam: Its Law and Society was first published in 1999, there have been a number of events which have brought Islam and its followers into the forefront of discussion in western society. The most notable of these were the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 and the subsequent London and Bali bombings which led to unprecedented security legislation in western countries, including Australia, and to a public climate of fear and distrust of Islam and Muslims. At the same time, there has been a huge expansion of the Islamic finance industry throughout the world, and governments in western countries, including Australia, have been seeking ways of taking advantage of the financial benefits of Shariah compliant banking and finance. Additionally, as Muslims have settled in western countries in larger numbers, there has been much discussion of the ways in which they should integrate into the legal system and culture of their new societies. This book provides an introduction to Islamic law for western readers. It explains the origin and development of the Shariah (Islamic law). It contains updated chapters on the Islamic laws of War and Peace, including juristic opinions on the legality of suicide bombing and the use of modern weapons of mass destruction. It explains the commonalities and the differences in family laws, and the differences in Muslim opinion concerning the status of women. It contains a completely rewritten chapter on Islamic finance and rounds off with a look at Muslim communities in Australia and the way they live their lives.

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Reviews of previous editions:The book covers a broad swathe of the legal rules and traditions which affect the Muslim community. The first three chapters, covering an introduction to Islamic law, history and jurisprudence, provide a useful foundation for readers unfamiliar with Islam. Thereafter, there are more detailed chapters dealing with Islamic laws on war and peace, the role of women, marriage and divorce, inheritance and wills, as well as more recent issues such as new medical technology and Islamic banking. There are also interesting chapters on Islamic commercial law and a concluding chapter on Muslims in Australia. A useful glossary of Arabic terms appears at the end of the book. … One of the subtler points which runs throughout the book [is] that there is not one universal interpretation of Islamic law held by Muslims worldwide. … Generally, I found the book to be informative, fair and quite open in its treatment of sensitive questions, such as the right of Muslim men in traditional Islamic society to have up to four wives simultaneously, is clear and pointed. Such openness is laudable … - Dr Benny Tabalujan, Law Institute Journal (Victoria), September 2004

Perceptions of Islam and its Law A Brief Survey of Islamic History Islamic Jurisprudence Islamic Laws on War and Peace Women in Islamic Law Marriage in Islamic Law Islamic Family Life Divorce according to Islamic Law Inheritance, Wills and Waqf Islamic Law and Modern Medical PracticesIslamic Criminal Law Evidence in Islamic Law Islamic Commercial Law Islamic Banking and InsuranceIslam and Muslims in AustraliaGlossary of Arabic Terms ReferencesIndex

ISBN: 9781862878198
ISBN-10: 1862878196
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15th September 2011
Publisher: Federation Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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