Islam and the secular state : negotiating the future of Shariʻa /

What should be the place of shari'a--Islamic religious law--in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this ambitious and topical book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for shari'a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationsh...

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Author / Creator:Naʻīm, ʻAbd Allāh Aḥmad, 1946- author.
Imprint:Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2008.
©2008
Description:1 online resource (x, 324 pages)
Language:English
Subject:Islam and secularism.
Islam and state.
Islamic law.
Religious pluralism -- Islam.
Islam et laïcité
Islam et État.
Droit islamique.
Pluralisme religieux -- Islam.
RELIGION -- Islam -- Theology.
RELIGION -- Islam -- History.
Islam and secularism.
Islam and state.
Islamic law.
Religious pluralism -- Islam.
Kommunalismus
Recht
Islam
Säkularismus
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11282177
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Varying Form of Title:Negotiating the future of Shariʻa
ISBN:9780674033764
0674033760
9780674027763
0674027760
9780674034563
0674034562
Digital file characteristics:text file PDF
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-309) and index.
In English.
Print version record.
Summary:What should be the place of shari'a--Islamic religious law--in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this ambitious and topical book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for shari'a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationship between religion and the secular state in all societies. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im argues that the coercive enforcement of shari'a by the state betrays the Qur'an's insistence on voluntary acceptance of Islam. Just as the state should be secure from the misuse of religious authority, shari'a should be freed from the control of the state. State policies or legislation must be based on civic reasons accessible to citizens of all religions. Showing that throughout the history of Islam, Islam and the state have normally been separate, An-Na'im maintains that ideas of human rights and citizenship are more consistent with Islamic principles than with claims of a supposedly Islamic state to enforce shari'a. In fact, he suggests, the very idea of an "Islamic state" is based on European ideas of state and law, and not shari'a or the Islamic tradition. Bold, pragmatic, and deeply rooted in Islamic history and theology, Islam and the Secular State offers a workable future for the place of shari'a in Muslim societies.
Other form:Print version: Naʻīm, ʻAbd Allāh Aḥmad, 1946- Islam and the secular state. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008 9780674027763
Standard no.:10.4159/9780674033764