Throughout history, Islamic lawthrough its jurists, judges, and scholarshas addressed various social, economic, and cultural issues, and has often drawn upon custom and local practice in doing so. This book examines the dynamism of Islamic law, or sharia, across time and place, particularly in mediating relations between state and society. It also considers the ways in which Muslim intellectuals and scholars have debated the place of Islamic law in society, and illustrates the rich and diverse heritage of the Islamic legal tradition in the Muslim world and beyond. The authors bring together interdisciplinary research on Islamic law in the context of the United States, Europe, Southeast and Central Asia, and the Arab world from as early as the twelfth century up to the twenty-first century, exploring how it has molded and, in certain cases, continues to mold, social, economic, and cultural aspects of daily life.
About the Author
Sabrina Joseph is an Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of the College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. She holds a PhD in History from Georgetown University and is the author of Islamic Law on Peasant Usufruct in Ottoman Syria: 17th to Early 19th Century.