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Islamic Law and the Challenges of Modernity - Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad

Islamic Law and the Challenges of Modernity

Paperback Published: 28th April 2004
ISBN: 9780759106710
Number Of Pages: 264

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Since Europeans first colonized Arab lands in the 19th century, they have been pressing to have the area's indigenous laws and legal systems accord with Western models. Although most Arab states now have national codes of law that reflect Western influence, fierce internal struggles continue over how to interpret Islamic law, particularly in the areas of gender and family. From different geographical and ideological points across the contemporary Arab world, Haddad and Stowasser demonstrate the range of views on just what Islam's legal heritage in the region should be. For either law or religion classes, Islamic Law and the Challenges of Modernity provides the broad historical overview and particular cases needed to understand this contentious issue. Visit our website for sample chapters!

These essays are a useful contribution to the increasing number of debates on Islamic law today. . . . the broad spectrum of themes and the style of writing ensure that scholars from a wide range of disciplines will be able to absorb the main arguments and perceive the specific ethical dilemmas in Islamic legal discourse today.--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Islamic Law and the Challenge of Modernityp. 1
Modernization and Legal Reform in the Arab World
Can the Shari'a Be Restored?p. 21
Inscribing the Islamic Shari'a in Arab Constitutional Lawp. 55
A Typology of State Muftisp. 81
A Contextual Approach to Improving Asylum Law and Practices in the Middle Eastp. 99
Legal Reforms and the Impact on Women
Internationalizing the Conversation on Women's Rights: Arab Countries Face the CEDAW Committeep. 133
Tahlil Marriage in Shari'a, Legal Codes, and the Contemporary Fatwa Literaturep. 161
Egyptian Feminism: Trapped in the Identity Debatep. 183
Muslim Women and Legal Reform: The Case of Jordan and Women's Workp. 213
Bibliographyp. 233
Glossaryp. 245
Indexp. 251
About the Contributorsp. 261
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ISBN: 9780759106710
ISBN-10: 0759106711
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th April 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.45