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Islam and the secular state : negotiating the future of Shariʻa

Author: ʻAbd Allāh Aḥmad Naʻīm
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2008.
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"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." "An-Na'im argues that the coercive enforcement of Shari'a by the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: ʻAbd Allāh Aḥmad Naʻīm
ISBN: 9780674027763 0674027760 9780674034563 0674034562
OCLC Number: 166290654
Description: x, 324 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : why Muslims need a secular state --
Islam, the state, and politics in historical perspective --
Constitutionalism, human rights, and citizenship --
India : state secularism and communal violence --
Turkey : contradictions of authoritarian secularism --
Indonesia : realities of diversity and prospects of pluralism --
Conclusion : negotiating the future of Shariʻa.
Responsibility: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naʻim.
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What should be the place of Shari'a - Islamic religious law - in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? This book envisions a positive and sustainable role for Shari'a, based on a profound  Read more...

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Muslim scholar and human rights activist An-Na'im has written extensively on law and human rights in the Islamic world. Here, he turns to the subject of the state's coercive enforcement of Read more...

 
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