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Speaking in God's Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women
This challenging new book reviews the ethics at the heart of the Islamic legal system, and suggests that these laws have been misinterpreted by certain sources in an attempt to control women.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 27th 2001 by Oneworld Publications
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this tome is weightier than his later book The Great Theft, but i still like what he has to say and the wealth of information and detail he offers his readers without being too verbose and overwhelming. i would like to meet this man someday, i highly value his rational thoughts and approach. he's like a breath of fresh air...
What a fabulous books! As a revert/convert to Islam I never follow anything blindly. I do my own research and find out the reasons why I have to do something. Where Ahadeeth are concerned I certainly do not believe they are all right. After all Allah has told us only the Quran has never and will never be change. However this opinion is often unshared by my fellow Muslims. If anything I am looked upon with disdain and more often than not told that its only the really authentic ones that we follow ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Aasem Bakhshi rated it 5 of 5 stars
The book has been placed on my shelf for an year or so and I now feel sorry for not reading it before. I believe it should be among the modern classics of Islamic studies among Hodgson, Bennabi and Fazlur Rahman. The strength of the book is two dimensional, i.e., the amount of research Abou El Fadl has put in as well as the lucidity of expression with which such a complex subject of religion and authority has been tackled with. In a way, Abou El Fadl has tried to supply answers to most of the qu ...more
This book is a rather intimidating work by a well noted Islamic Legal Scholar at UCLA law school. It is essentially a book that challenges the authoritarianism that has ruled Islamic law for centuries, often depriving groups such as women of rights. It is a polemic piece, and attempts to be a text of legal theory. It is very well-done, and is accessible to the lay reader.
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is the most important and influential Islamic thinker in the modern age. An accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, he is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches Islamic law, Immigration, Human Rights, International and National Security Law. Dr. Abou El Fadl previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Yale Law School ...moreMore about Khaled Abou El Fadl...