Nadirsyah Hosen (ed): Research Handbook in Islamic Law and Society

Edward Elgar Pub, Cheltenham, England, 2018
  • Harith Al-DabbaghEmail author
Book Review

Research Handbook in Islamic Law and Society, edited by Nadirsyah Hosen and published by Edward Elgar Publishing (September 28, 2018), covers Islamic law, not as it exists in books, but in action. It covers a wide array of topics, including legislation, fatwa, court cases, and the media. The introduction lays out a main concern of the edited volume, namely the different iterations of Islamic law among two main intellectual approaches to law: textualists and contextualists. As an example of textualism, the editor cites Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab (1703–1792). According to him, textualists consider the meaning of the Qur’an to be fixed and universal (p. 2). By contrast, contextualists take more liberties in deciding which parts of the tradition are mutable or immutable. To show the interplay and tensions between textualists and contexualists, the volume is divided into six parts: family law and courts; property and business; criminal law and justice; ethics, health and sciences; arts and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada

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