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Chapter 7: Shari’a: Dynamic Method or Fixed Law? Does it Matter?


 
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1. Title Title of document Chapter 7: Shari’a: Dynamic Method or Fixed Law? Does it Matter? - The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Haifaa Khalafallah; Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Islamic Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Shaykh Mohammed al-Ghazali ;Shari’a; Law and Culture in Islam; Women and Gender in Muslim societies; Middle East in the 20th Century; Religion and politics in modern Arab Societies; Muslim Reform Movements
 
5. Subject Subject classification Law and Culture in Islam; Women and Gender in Muslim societies; Middle East in the 20th Century; Religion and politics in modern Arab Societies; Muslim Reform Movements
 
6. Description Abstract One thing stands out throughout Ghazali’s life, which reinforced his influence among fellow Muslims: his absolute loyalty to Shari’a. Yet, neither the sum of his texts, the various crises he triggered, the Shari’a rules he deduced, nor his own words indicate that such loyalty was to an Islamic law, let alone a definite code. Chapter seven explores the technical and historical outlines of the Sharia rule/lawmaking process, the method to which Ghazali and his people subscribed. It includes a portrait of a seminar that Ghazali held in Cairo, which was attended by some of the most influential scholars of Mainstream Islam in that country. Their deliberations provide a window on this senior crowd’s approaches to Shari'a and fiqh in the late 20th century, highlighting the question of whether or not it matters that Shari'a rulemaking is understood mainly in terms of a law or as a process. The disparity between the assumptions of Islamic law and how these Egyptian scholars view Shari’a reveals worrying gaps in understanding the Muslim experiences, which the author argues, suggests that it is time to overhaul the academic discourse on Islam, especially when it comes to its rulemaking.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 05-Apr-2017
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/27629
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.27629
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Middle East,
twentieth century
 
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