The Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society provides an examination of the role of Islamic law as it applies in Muslim and non-Muslim societies through legislation, fatwa, court cases, sermons, media, or scholarly debate. It illuminates and analyses the intersection of social, political, economic and cultural contexts in which state actors have turned to Islamic law for legal solutions.
Taking a thematic approach, the Research Handbook assesses the application of Islamic law across six key areas: family law and courts; property and business; criminal law and justice; ethics, health and sciences; arts and education; and community and public spheres. Through examination of these themes in over 20 jurisdictions, the Research Handbook serves to demonstrate that Islamic law is adaptable depending on the values of Muslim societies across different times and places. In addition, the Research Handbook highlights how Islamic law has engaged with contemporary issues, looking beyond what is set out in the Qur’an and the Hadith, to examine how Islamic law is applied in societies today.
Researchers and scholars with an interest in Islamic law, or the relationship between law and society more generally will find this Research Handbook to be an engaging text. The in-depth analysis, spanning sectors and jurisdictions, will offer new insights and inspire future research.
‘What is Islamic law and how does it work? This Research Handbook of 18 case studies drawn from across the contemporary Muslim world promises not only to help contextualise Sharia as a versatile rather than an unchanging framework of laws pertaining to the 7th century, but also importantly to demystify it.’
– Howard Brasted, UNE Asia-Pacific Centre and University of New England, Australia
‘This Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society is a brilliant contribution to understanding Islamic law in practice. With a galaxy of excellent contributors, the Research Handbook intelligently explores the role of Islamic law textually and contextually, focusing on contemporary issues ranging from medical ethics to apostasy laws. A must read for all.’
– Mohamad Abdalla, Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, University of South Australia
Contributors: M. Ali, M.F.A. Alsubaie, A. Begum, A. Black, R. Burgess, M. Corbett, K.M. Eadie, H. Esmaeili, N. Hammado, N. Hosen, N. Hussin, A.A. Jamal, M.A.H. Khutani, F. Kutty, N.Y.K. Lahpan, A.O.A. Mesrati, R. Mohr, S.M. Solaiman, H.H.A. Tajuddin, M. Zawawi.
Edited by Nadirsyah Hosen, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia.