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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Speaking in God's Name

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ISBN13: 9781851682621
ISBN: 1851682627
Published: March 2003
Publisher: Oneworld
Format: Paperback
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This challenging book reviews the ethical foundations of the Islamic legal system, suggesting that an authoritarian reading of scripture has often had grave consequences for parts of Muslim society.;Drawing upon both religious and secular sources, Islamic legal expert Khaled Abou El Fadl argues that divinely ordained law is frequently misinterpreted by Muslim authorities at the expense of women and oth er groups. Citing a series of injustices in Islamic society, from the ban on women driving to the restrictions governing female clothing, El Fadl's thoughtful and cogent study proposes instead a return to the original ethics at the heart of the Muslim legal system.

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Part I Induction. Part II The authoritative; Background note; The notion of authority; The authoritative in Islam. Part III A summary transition; Competence; Determination; The authoritarian. Part IV The text and authority; The Quran and Sunnah; Text, det and authority; Unreasonable interpretations and the authoritative. Part V The construction of the authoritarian; The iron law of authoritarian; Islamic law as a work in movement; The fundamentals of religion and burdens of proof; Moral object and authoritarianism. Part VI The anatomy of authoritarian discourses; the demise of the juristic tradition; Consistency; Selectivity of evidence of interests and the use of discretion. Part VII Faith-based assumptions and determinations demeaning to women; Prostrating to husbands, licking their ulcers while struggling with Hadith methodology; Keeping husbands and God happy, and making it to heaven; Bargaining with crooked-ribs, defective intellects, bad omens, dogs, and women; Praying in closets, hugging the wall, and the dangers of seduction; Racism, sexism, and a sense of beauty. Conclusion: Resisting the authoritarian while searching for the moral. Appendix: Translated legal opinions by C.R.L.O.