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Judging in the Islamic Jewish and Zoroastrian Legal Traditions

Judging in the Islamic  Jewish and Zoroastrian Legal Traditions Author Janos Jany
ISBN-10 9781317110194
Release 2016-05-06
Pages 242
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This book presents a comparative analysis of the judiciary in the Islamic, Jewish and Zoroastrian legal systems. It compares postulations of legal theory to legal practice in order to show that social practice can diverge significantly from religious and legal principles. It thus provides a greater understanding of the real functions of religion in these legal systems, regardless of the dogmatic positions of the religions themselves. The judiciary is the focus of the study as it is the judge who is obliged to administer to legal texts while having to consider social realities being sometimes at variance with religious ethics and legal rules deriving from them. This book fills a gap in the literature examining Islamic, Jewish and Zoroastrian law and as such will open new possibilities for further studies in the field of comparative law. It will be a valuable resource for those working in the areas of comparative law, law and religion, law and society, and legal anthropology.

Muslim Families Politics and the Law

Muslim Families  Politics and the Law Author Ralph Grillo
ISBN-10 9781317091158
Release 2016-03-09
Pages 360
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Contemporary European societies are multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, certainly in terms of the diversity which has stemmed from the immigration of workers and refugees and their settlement. Currently, however, there is widespread, often acrimonious, debate about ’other’ cultural and religious beliefs and practices and limits to their accommodation. This book focuses principally on Muslim families and on the way in which gender relations and associated questions of (women’s) agency, consent and autonomy, have become the focus of political and social commentary, with followers of the religion under constant public scrutiny and criticism. Practices concerning marriage and divorce are especially controversial and the book includes a detailed overview of the public debate about the application of Islamic legal and ethical norms (shari’a) in family law matters, and the associated role of Shari’a councils, in a British context. In short, Islam generally and the Muslim family in particular have become highly politicized sites of contestation, and the book considers how and why and with what implications for British multiculturalism, past, present and future. The study will be of great interest to international scholars and academics researching the governance of diversity and the accommodation of other faiths including Islam.

With Wisdom as a Robe

With Wisdom as a Robe Author Károly Dobos
ISBN-10 UOM:39015080870044
Release 2009
Pages 549
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Professor Ida Frohlich, Professor of Hebrew Studies and Ancient Near Eastern History in the Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest, is a celebrated scholar who has been in the forefront of the remarkable development of Hebrew and Jewish studies in recent decades in Hungary. Among her important publications are 'Time and times and half a time': Historical Consciousness in the Jewish Literature of the Persian and Hellenistic Eras (1996), and, more recently, the first translation of the corpus of the Dead Sea Scrolls into Hungarian. Her current major project is, in collaboration with a group of younger scholars, to prepare a Hungarian translation of all the apocryphal and pseudepigraphical materials. In this very substantial volume, presented to her on the occasion of her sixtieth birthday, the essays of 37 international scholars are arranged in three sections: (1) Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, (2) Apocrypha-Pseudepigrapha and Qumran, and (3) Jewish Studies / Christian Interpretation.

A Concise History of the Middle East

A Concise History of the Middle East Author Arthur Goldschmidt
ISBN-10 0813350913
Release 2018-07-17
Pages 524
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A comprehensive introduction to the history of this turbulent region that spans from pre-Islam to the present day, A Concise History of the Middle East is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment. This widely acclaimed text by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. explores the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence of the West, modernization efforts in the Middle East, the struggle of various peoples for political independence, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reassertion of Islamic values and power, the issues surrounding the Palestinian Question, and the Middle East post-9/11 and post-Arab uprisings. The twelfth edition has been fully revised to reflect the most recent events in, and concerns of, the region, including the presence of ISIS and other non-state actors, the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and the refugee crisis. In addition, the authors have added coverage of women's history, including new biographies of great and unsung women in the Middle East, to provide a fuller understanding of the cultural, political, and socioeconomic conditions in the Middle East. New parts and part timelines will help students grasp and contextualize the long and complicated history of the region. With updated biographical sketches and glossary and a new concluding chapter, A Concise History of the Middle East remains the quintessential text for students of Middle East history.

The Dhimmi

The Dhimmi Author Bat Yeʼor
ISBN-10 9780838632338
Release 1985
Pages 444
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Examines the treatment of non-Arab people under the rule of the Muslims and collects historical documents related to this subject

People of the Book

People of the Book Author Geraldine Brooks
ISBN-10 9781101158197
Release 2008-01-01
Pages 400
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View our feature on Geraldine Books’s People of the Book. From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation. In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author. From the Hardcover edition.

The Islamic Law of War

The Islamic Law of War Author A. Al-Dawoody
ISBN-10 9780230118089
Release 2011-03-28
Pages 338
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Al-Dawoody examines the justifications and regulations for going to war in both international and domestic armed conflicts under Islamic law. He studies the various kinds of use of force by both state and non-state actors in order to determine the nature of the Islamic law of war.

Studies in early Muslim jurisprudence

Studies in early Muslim jurisprudence Author Norman Calder
ISBN-10 UOM:39015032540737
Release 1993
Pages 257
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This book offers a coherent theory of the origins and early development of Islamic law. The author grounds his argument in a series of representative passages from the earliest juristic works, many of them translated here for the first time. Succeeding chapters demonstrate the creativity of early Muslim civilization in literary forms, juristic norms, and hermeneutic technique. Drawing on the tradition of Islamic scholarship represented by such names as Ignaz Goldziher, Joseph Schacht, and John Wansborough, Calder is sensitive also to the development of methodology and technique in the parallel fields of Biblical and Rabbinical Studies. Grounding all his major generalizations in precise textual detail, he evokes the social, political and intellectual concerns of Muslim civilization in its most formative period. Calder demonstrates that many of the usual connotations are not appropriate to the understanding of early Muslim jurisprudence. The surviving texts constitute and lively record of how the early Muslim community created the major symbols of its own identity.

Legal Traditions of the World

Legal Traditions of the World Author H. Patrick Glenn
ISBN-10 9780199669837
Release 2014
Pages 423
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Legal Traditions of the World places national laws in the broader context of major legal traditions, those of chthonic (or indigenous) law, talmudic law, civil law, islamic law, common law, hindu law and confucian law. Each tradition is examined in terms of its institutions and substantive law, its founding concepts and methods, its attitude towards the concept of change and its teaching on relations with other traditions and peoples. The fifth edition covers increasing recognition of chthonic legal tradition and features new discussion on the notion of collective memory. New to this editionFeatures new discussion on the notion of collective memoryCovers increasing recognition of chthonic legal traditionIncludes new coverage of the notions of Big Data, Big History and private cloudsIncreased coverage of treatment of animals in each of the legal traditions

An Introduction to Islam for Jews

An Introduction to Islam for Jews Author Reuven Firestone
ISBN-10 9780827610491
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 315
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Helping Jews understand Islam--a reasoned and candid view

Islamic Divorces in Europe

Islamic Divorces in Europe Author Pauline Kruiniger
ISBN-10 9462365016
Release 2015-01-21
Pages 498
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This book examines the issue of the recognition of Islamic divorces in European states. Repudiation-based divorces are particularly notorious for their presumed violation of fundamental rights of women and are consequently often not recognized. The resulting limping of legal relationships affects other fundamental rights of the persons involved, such as the right to marry and the right of free movement. For this reason, the book scrutinizes classical Islamic divorce law and the contemporary divorce laws and practices of Egypt, Iran, Morocco, and Pakistan, as well as the Dutch, English, and French recognition policies and relevant EU (case) law. By introducing various soft and hard law solutions, the book provides legal practitioners with the information and tools to tackle major shortcomings in the recognition of Islamic divorces. It is therefore a must read for legal practitioners, such as registrars, notaries, and members of the judiciary, as well as academics. [Subject: Private International Law, European Law, Civil Law, Divorce Law, Islamic Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights Law]

Mapping the Chinese and Islamic Worlds

Mapping the Chinese and Islamic Worlds Author Hyunhee Park
ISBN-10 9781107018686
Release 2012-08-27
Pages 276
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This book documents the relationship and wisdom of Asian cartographers in the Islamic and Chinese worlds before the Europeans arrived.

Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia

Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia Author Mitra Sharafi
ISBN-10 9781139868068
Release 2014-04-21
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This book explores the legal culture of the Parsis, or Zoroastrians, an ethnoreligious community unusually invested in the colonial legal system of British India and Burma. Rather than trying to maintain collective autonomy and integrity by avoiding interaction with the state, the Parsis sank deep into the colonial legal system itself. From the late eighteenth century until India's independence in 1947, they became heavy users of colonial law, acting as lawyers, judges, litigants, lobbyists, and legislators. They de-Anglicized the law that governed them and enshrined in law their own distinctive models of the family and community by two routes: frequent intra-group litigation often managed by Parsi legal professionals in the areas of marriage, inheritance, religious trusts, and libel, and the creation of legislation that would become Parsi personal law. Other South Asian communities also turned to law, but none seems to have done so earlier or in more pronounced ways than the Parsis.

Islam and the Secular State

Islam and the Secular State Author Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im Na
ISBN-10 9780674033764
Release 2009-06-30
Pages 336
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What should be the place of Shari'a - Islamic religious law - in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this 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.

Sharia Incorporated

Sharia Incorporated Author Jan Michiel Otto
ISBN-10 9789087280574
Release 2010
Pages 676
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"Sharia Incorporated is an ambitious study of how Islamic law traditions have been incorporated into the national legal systems throughout the Muslim world. Both puritan Islamists and Western alarmists tend to oversimplify and misrepresent the role and position of sharia. In response, this book takes stock of the actual legal positions, putting them into their socio-political and historical contexts. The twelve country chapters, each written by laudable international scholars speak to the historical evolution of Islamic, legal, and political ideas and practices. They consider the key legal issues raised by the 'Islamic awakening' of recent decades. Otto's conclusion presents the main findings of this unique comparative study and explains why the incorporation of sharia is such a thorny governance problem for an government in today's Muslim world. It is intended that this wealth of facts and analyses contributes to current debates on sharia, law, and politics"--Publisher's description, p. [4] of cover.


Revelation Author Will Self
ISBN-10 9780857861016
Release 1999-01-01
Pages 64
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The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.

Islam and Democracy in Indonesia

Islam and Democracy in Indonesia Author Jeremy Menchik
ISBN-10 9781316462669
Release 2016-01-11
Pages 207
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Indonesia's Islamic organizations sustain the country's thriving civil society, democracy, and reputation for tolerance amid diversity. Yet scholars poorly understand how these organizations envision the accommodation of religious difference. What does tolerance mean to the world's largest Islamic organizations? What are the implications for democracy in Indonesia and the broader Muslim world? Jeremy Menchik argues that answering these questions requires decoupling tolerance from liberalism and investigating the historical and political conditions that engender democratic values. Drawing on archival documents, ethnographic observation, comparative political theory, and an original survey, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia's Muslim leaders favor a democracy in which individual rights and group-differentiated rights converge within a system of legal pluralism, a vision at odds with American-style secular government but common in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.