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Shari'a: Theory, Practice, Transformations

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In recent years, Islamic law, or Shari'a, has been appropriated as a tool of modernity in the Muslim world and in the West and has become highly politicised in consequence. Wael Hallaq's magisterial overview of Shari'a sets the record straight by examining the doctrines and practices of Islamic law within the context of its history, and by showing how it functioned within ...more
Paperback, 614 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press
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Hamid Harasani
This is an amazing book. It is really comprehensive for its size. Hallaq deals with the main sources, and bodies of Shariah law. He also deals with some contemporary legal philosophical questions such as state-law and Shariah & Morality in Shariah. Hallaq also discusses some of the post-modern thought that has been espoused in relation to Shariah.

If you are specialising or specialised in Shariah, this is a must read. However, if you just want to get an overview of the law, this might be a d
Mar 20, 2013 Jean-philippe rated it it was amazing
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Excellent book, written by a monument in the field, with in dept analysis for both neophytes and learned scholars. If it's your introduction book to Islamic Law, it seems a bit daunting at first, but delivers and explain harder to grasp concepts in an easy to understand fashion. I'd recommend to read Schacht and Fadel as well to get a grasp at the different views on the topic. Overall, an enlightening book!
Ahmet Kuru
Sep 14, 2013 Ahmet Kuru rated it it was amazing
This is a very comprehensive book that includes the origin, sources, and categorization of Sharia, as well as modern discussions on its relationship with the nation-state.
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Aug 11, 2012 Rachelle Fawcett rated it really liked it
Excellent overall introduction to the history and evolution of shari'ah.
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Wael B. Hallaq is a scholar of Islamic law and Islamic intellectual history. His teaching and research deal with the problematic epistemic ruptures generated by the onset of modernity and the socio-politico-historical forces subsumed by it; with the intellectual history of Orientalism and the repercussions of Orientalist paradigms in later scholarship and in Islamic legal studies as a whole; and w
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