Sunday, March 16, 2008

New York Times Magazine Article on Shari`ah (Islamic Law)

New York Times Magazine Article on Shari`ah (Islamic Law):
In fact, for most of its history, Islamic law offered the most liberal and humane legal principles available anywhere in the world.
The article is well-researched -- distinguishing between Shari`ah and fiqh, and outlining the deficiencies and advantages of various common law traditions. The political dimension of Islamism is generously portrayed as an issue of "rule of law:
The answer lies in a little-remarked feature of traditional Islamic government: that a state under Shariah was, for more than a thousand years, subject to a version of the rule of law. And as a rule-of-law government, the traditional Islamic state had an advantage that has been lost in the dictatorships and autocratic monarchies that have governed so much of the Muslim world for the last century.
Finally, a good western understanding of the rise of political Islamism. Thank you Professor Feldman. Needless to say, there are vulgar understandings of the nature of Islamic law on the part of many Islamists as well as many western observers. The debate over exactly what the Shari`a entails (i.e. contemporary fiqh) is still in its earliest stages.

3 Comments:

Blogger heraish said...

The new retail banking group will be headed by Ashraf Bibars, who previously held senior positions with other leading UAE banks. NBS has already launched six new Islamic finance products including a Haj and Umrah scheme called ‘Labbayk’, and ‘Shahadati’ — specially-designed to meet educational needs.

http://www.dicd.gov.ae/vEnglish/detailnewspage.jsp?articleID=4446&pageFlag=0&newsType=4

These people have an islamic educational finance option.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Umar A. said...

Glad to see your blog is back active. I have generally enjoyed the write-ups.

10:37 AM  
Blogger DBC said...

Hi. I've read through some of your blog and would like to talk to you about the International Islamic Finance Forum 2008, to be held later in the year. Can you please contact me?

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9:40 AM  

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