Law and Power in the Islamic World

Front Cover
I.B.Tauris, Jul 8, 2005 - History - 248 pages
0 Reviews
Islamic law (the Shari'a) and its application is a central issue in contemporary Islamic politics and culture. Starting from modern concerns, this book examines the origins and evolution of the Shari'a and the corpus of texts, concepts and practices in which it has been enshrined. Sami Zubaida here considers key historical episodes of political accommodations and contests between scholars and sultans. Drawing on modern examples, mainly from Egypt and Iran, Zubaida explores how the Shari'a has evolved and mutated to accommodate the workings of a modern state.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Courts Qadis and Muftis
40
The Sharia and Political Authority
74
The Etatization of Law
121
Egypt
158
The Politics of the Sharia in Iran
182
Conclusion
220
Glossary
237
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2005)

Sami Zubaida is Professor of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of Islam, the People and the State (I.B.Tauris).

Bibliographic information