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Modern Challenges to Islamic Law

Modern challenges to Islamic Law by Professor Shaheen Ali (Cambridge University Press, October 2016)

Monday 14 November 2016, 4pm, Oculus building, OC0.04

Chair: Prof. Shirin Rai

Panellists: Prof. William Twining; Professor Abdul Paliwala; Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini

The diversity of interpretation within Islamic legal traditions can be challenging for those working within this field of study. Using a distinctly contextual approach, this book addresses such challenges by combining theoretical perspectives on Islamic law with insight into how local understandings impact on the application of law in Muslim daily life. Engaging with topics as diverse as Islamic constitutionalism, Islamic finance, human rights and internet fatawa, Shaheen Sardar Ali provides an invaluable resource for scholars, students and practitioners alike by exploring exactly what constitutes Islamic law in the contemporary world. Useful examples, case studies, a glossary of terms and the author's personal reflections accompany traditional academic critique, and together offer the reader a unique and discerning discussion ofIslamic law in practice.

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