Heaven On Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World
In the wake of the colossal acts of terrorism of the last decade, the legal historian and human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri realized that many people in the West had ideas about the origins and implications of the shari‘a, or Islamic law, that were hazy, contradictory, or simply wrong. Even as “shari‘a” became a loaded word and an all-encompassing explanation, most of us
The book is engagingly written and informative. I'm happy to have read it...more
Sadakat Kadri undertakes a very objective approach to explain the evolution of Shari'a law. The book starts by talking about the early stages of Islam, when Muhammad, peace be upon him, received his first revelation and how he transferred the Arabian Peninsula. Then it swiftly turns to explain the...more
Part I provides a concise journey through the history of Shari'a law. The author covers the main developments in the Islamic jurisprudence and puts those developments in their historical and political context. He makes a compelling point for not limiting our opinions and treatment of Shari'a law to what we know about it based on the past few decades.
Part II of th...more
Kadri takes his time, which is just as well, as he is exploring an enormous mess of more-or-less related stories, over a long time span. And you can't hurry when dealing with mountains of Islamic names!
He is a good writer, with a skilful turn of phrase. Intelligent rather than blandly moderate, and of course, pretty expert when it comes to legal matters.
But also, he seems able to span cultures and mind-sets with considerable sensi...more
Kadri's detailed accounts of seasoned scholars such as Al-Ghazali and Ibn Tayyim is noteworthy. I gotta know a lot about these both scholars. However, the book is too short for such a great su...more
but tolerable.....I have simpathy for anyone living under a legal
system where a judges piety influences the outcome. I now have
a better understand of the rules....Its Jerry Fallell/Pat Robertson with a sword