Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: A Fresh Interpretation (Hardback)
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Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: A Fresh Interpretation (Hardback)

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Hardback 456 Pages / Published: 11/07/2019
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In Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: A Fresh Interpretation, Mohammad Kamali considers problems associated with and proposals for reform of the hudud punishments prescribed by Islamic criminal law, and other topics related to crime and punishment in Shariah. He examines what the Qur'an and hadith say about hudud punishments, as well as just retaliation (qisas), and discretionary punishments (ta'zir), and looks at modern-day applications of Islamic criminal law in 15 Muslim countries. Particular attention is given to developments in Malaysia, a multi-religious society, federal state, and self-described democracy, where a lively debate about hudud has been on-going for the last three decades. Malaysia presents a particularly interesting case study of how a reasonably successful country with a market economy, high levels of exposure to the outside world, and a credible claim to inclusivity, deals with Islamic and Shariah-related issues. Kamali concludes that there is a significant gap between the theory and practice of hudud in the scriptural sources of Shariah and the scholastic articulations of jurisprudence of the various schools of Islamic law, arguing that literalism has led to such rigidity as to make Islamic criminal law effectively a dead letter. His goal is to provide a fresh reading of the sources of Shariah and demonstrate how the Qur'an and Sunnah can show the way forward to needed reforms of Islamic criminal law.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190910648
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 766 g
Dimensions: 237 x 162 x 38 mm


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Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law is a welcome addition to the ever-growing scholarly literature on Islamic law and jurisprudence. With his multi-disciplinary approach, Mohammad Hashim Kamali revisits the present day theory and practice of sharia across the Muslim world. He also provides the context to current theory and practice of sharia in different Muslim countries and offers recommendations as to how to remove the visible contradictions in the legal systems of these countries. Among the moderate Muslims, Mohammad Hashim Kamali is considered one of the most important scholars of Islamic law/sharia and this is his best work. He provides new perspectives and approaches to understand sharia laws. Scholars and students of sharia and Islam and sharia must read this encyclopedic book. * The Washington Book Review *

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