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Defining Islamic Statehood: Measuring and Indexing Contemporary Muslim States


ISBN13: 9781137446800
Published: October 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Scholarly
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £73.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9781137446817



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What is the real definition of an Islamic state? How do the majority of Muslims govern themselves? How much do Muslims and non-Muslims really understand about the elements of an Islamic state? How can a true Islamic state function in a modern world? These questions bear heavily on the international community. They dominate the news. They spawn conflict. They generate misinformation.

The answers are complex, but finding them is critical. Harnessing the expertise of leading Sunni and Shia academics, Defining Islamic Statehood searches for answers through dialogue, and seeks to define how an Islamic state forms and functions. It examines how Islamic principles bear on a nation's governance, jurisprudence, culture and policies, and measures how Muslim-majority countries meet the definition by analyzing how they deal with the aspects of modern life.

Together with a group of eminent contributors, ranging from a retired Prime Minister, a former Chief Justice, and internationally recognized academics and experts on Islamic law and governance, Imam Fesial Abdul Rauf identifies and fulfils the critical need to determine the right balance between institutions of political authority and institutions of religious authority within the context of modern day governance.

Subjects:
Islamic Law
Contents:
Introduction

PART I: DEFINING AN ISLAM STATE AND RULE OF LAW 1. Shariah and the Objectives of Islamic Law
2. Islamic State: Foundations
3. Characteristics of Islamic Governance: The Scholars' Consensus
4. Defining the Maqasid for Measurement

PART II: DEVELOPING AN INDEX OF MEASURING NATIONS
5. Indexing the Maqasid
6. The Maqasid Index

PART III: SIP SCHOLARS SPEAK ON KEY CHALLENGES IN ISLAMIC GOVERNANCE
7. Practical Applications of Islamic Law in Government and the Judiciary
8. Human Rights and Islamic Governance
9. The Maqasid, Reform and Renewal