Monday, December 3, 2007

New Blog on Islamic Law

Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, has just started a new blog, Islamic Law in Our Time. Hamoudi explains in his first post, "What's Wrong with the Study of Islamic Law Today":
In order to demonstrate the crisis, and it is most definitely a crisis, in the way that Islamic law is approached and understood today, I'd like to draw on two very recent news stories concerning Saudi Arabia and the Sudan, respectively. In Saudi Arabia, a woman was sentenced to 90 lashes (raised to 200 lashes on appeal) for "Unlawful Seclusion" with a man not her husband (her ex fiance) prior to being gang raped (along with her ex fiance) by seven individuals. Apparently she was in a car with the ex fiance, though beyond this the circumstances are largely disputed. In the Sudan, a by all accounts well meaning English schoolteacher named a class teddy bear Muhammad at the request of the class (a common name throughout the Muslim world). She has been convicted of a crime under Article 125 of the Sudanese criminal code and has been sentenced to fifteen days in prison and exile. The maximum punishment under the act could have been 40 lashes or six months in
prison. Throughout the past few days, I have been asked whether or not all of this nonsense is "Islamic law." The answer, of course, depends very much on what "Islamic law" is supposed to mean.
Continue reading here.
Welcome to the blogosphere!

2 comments:

  1. This does appear to be a timely blog. FYI: "Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law" by Rudolph Peters is a great primer on Islamic criminal law.

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  2. Thank you for the suggestion. Here's a link to Peters' book: http://www.amazon.com/Crime-Punishment-Islamic-Law-Twenty-First/dp/0521792266/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196697683&sr=8-1 (apologies, but you'll need to copy & paste).

    On Islamic law, I also recommend most highly the work of Khaled Abou el Fadl, UCLA Law School. E.g. The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists
    http://www.amazon.com/Great-Theft-Wrestling-Islam-Extremists/dp/0061189030/ref=ed_oe_p

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