Shari‘a Politics

Shari‘a Politics

Islamic Law and Society in the Modern World
Robert Hefner
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22310-4
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One of the most important developments in Muslim politics in recent years has been the spread of movements calling for the implementation of shari`a or Islamic law. Shari`a Politics maps the ideals and organization of these movements and examines their implications for the future of democracy, citizen rights, and gender relations in the Muslim world. These studies of eight Muslim-majority societies, and state-of-the-field reflections by leading experts, provide the first comparative investigation of movements for and against implementation of shari`a. These essays reveal that the Muslim public's interest in shari`a does not spring from an unchanging devotion to received religious tradition, but from an effort to respond to the central political and ethical questions of the day.

Author Bio

Robert W. Hefner is Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University.


“Valuable for researchers and others who need access to surveys of Islamic politics in a variety of countries. . . . [C]an easily be adopted by teachers who would like materials that are suitable for upper-level undergraduate courses or graduate courses. . . . [A]n extremely fine book.”
 — Clark Lombardi, author of State Law as Islamic Law in Modern Egypt

“An extremely well-crafted, deeply engaging, and very timely book that will appeal to scholars across a number of academic disciplines, to foreign policy experts, and their interlocutors.”
 — Michael G. Peletz, Emory University

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration and Spelling
Introduction: Shari<ayn>a Politics--Law and Society in the Modern Muslim World Robert W. Hefner
1. Saudi Arabia: Public, Civil, and Individual Shari<ayn>a in Law and Politics Frank E. Vogel
2. Egypt: Cacophony and Consensus in the Twenty-first Century Nathan J. Brown
3. Iran: Shari<ayn>a Politics and the Transformation of Islamic Law Bahman Baktiari
4. Turkey: Islam without Shari<ayn>a? M. Hakan Yavuz
5. Afghanistan: The Local and the Global in the Practice of Shari<ayn>a T. Barfield
6. Pakistan: Shari<ayn>a and the State Muhammad Qasim Zaman
7. Nigeria: Mapping a Shari<ayn>a Restorationist Movement Paul M. Lubeck
8. Indonesia: Shari<ayn>a Politics and Democratic Transition Robert W. Hefner
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