Islam, Law and the Modern State: (Re)imagining Liberal Theory in Muslim Contexts

1st Edition

Arif A. Jamal

Published March 26, 2018
Reference - 150 Pages
ISBN 9781138205482 - CAT# Y288908
Series: ICLARS Series on Law and Religion

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Within the global phenomenon of the (re)emergence of religion into issues of public debate, one of the most salient issues confronting contemporary Muslim societies is how to relate the legal and political heritage that developed in pre-modern Islamic polities to the political order of the modern states in which Muslims now live. This work seeks to develop a framework for addressing this issue. The central argument is that liberal theory, and in particular justice as discourse, can be normatively useful in Muslim contexts for relating religion, law and state. Just as Muslim contexts have developed historically, and continue to develop today, the same is the case with the requisites of liberal theory, and this may allow for liberal choices to be made in a manner that is not a renunciation of Muslim heritage.

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