The Good Muslim: Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 11, 2012 - History - 231 pages
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In this unusual, thought-provoking and beautifully written book, Mona Siddiqui reflects upon key themes in Islamic law or theology. She has selected these topics, which range through discussions about friendship, divorce, drunkenness, love, slavery, and ritual slaughter, in part because they are of particular interest to her, and in part because they reveal fascinating insights into Islamic ethics, and the way in which arguments developed in medieval juristic discourse. These pre-modern religious works contained a richness of thought, hesitation and speculation on a wide range of topics, which were socially relevant but also presented intellectual challenges to the scholars for whom God's revelation could be understood in diverse ways. These subjects of course remain very relevant today, both for practicing Muslims and for scholars of Islamic law and religious studies, and the book shows just how these debates resonate in contemporary Islamic thought. Mona Siddiqui is an astute and articulate interpreter who relays complex ideas about the Islamic tradition with great clarity. These are important attributes for a book which, as the author acknowledges, charts her own journey through the classical texts, and reflects upon how the principles expounded there have guided her own thinking and impacted on her teaching and research.
 

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do not twist the words of Allah. Do not write a false translation.Every verse translated here is false.Allah does not allow muslim men to have sex with their slaves without marriage and there is no system of taking a concubine.All wives are equal.Not treating them equally is sinful

Contents

Spoken Intended and Problematic Divorce in IjIanafi Fiqh
10
Slavery in Qudfiris Mukhtasar
36
Pig Purity and Permission in Maliki Slaughter
67
Drinking and Drunkenness in Ibn Rushd
90
Islamic and Other Perspectives on Evil
106
The Language of Love in the Quran
137
Virtue and Limits in the Ethics of Friendship
167
Glossary
197
Bibliography
209
Index
217
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Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies in the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh. She is a well known commentator in the media and in 2011 was awarded an OBE for services to interfaith relations. She is the author of How to Read the Qur'an (2007) and editor of Islam, Volumes 1-4 (2010).

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