1st Edition

Islamic Law and Society
The Practice Of Iftā’ And Religious Institutions



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ISBN 9780367480172
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book places context at the core of the Islamic mechanism of ifta’ to better understand the process of issuing fatwas in Muslim countries thus highlighting the gap between context and contemporaneity, on one hand, and the common perception of Islamic Law as frozen in time.

The practice of iftā’ is one of the most important mechanisms of Islamic law that keeps Islamic thought about ethical and legal issues in harmony with the demands, exigencies and developments of time. This book builds upon existing body of work related to the practice of iftā’, but takes the discussion beyond the current debates with the intent of unveiling the interaction between Islamic legal methodologies and different environmental contexts. The book specifically addresses the three institutions (Saudi Arabia’s Dār al-Iftā’, Turkey’s Diyanet and America’s FCNA) and their Islamic legal opinions (fatwās) in a comparative framework. This demonstrates the existence of complex and diverse ideas around similar issues within contemporary Islamic legal opinions that is further complicated by the influence of international social, political, cultural and ideological contexts. The book thus unveils a more complicated range of interactive constituents in the process of the practice of iftā’ and its outputs, fatwās.

The work will be of interest to academics and researchers working in the areas of Islamic Law, Middle Eastern Studies, Religion, and Politics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 General Precidency Of Scholarly Research And Iftā’ (Dār Al- Iftā’) In Saudi Arabia

Chapter 2 Presidency Of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) In Turkey

Chapter 3 The Fiqh Council Of North America (Fcna) In America

Chapter 4 A General Comparison Related To Madhhab Affiliation And Social Values

Chapter 5 A General Comparison From The Point Of Legal And Political Systems

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Biography

Emine Enise Yakar completed her BA in the Faculty of Theology, Ankara University in 2010. She received her MA and PhD from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, the University of Exeter, respectively in 2014 and 2018. She is specifically interested in the interaction between Islamic legal methodologies and social context to provide insight into the flexible, practicable and applicable dimensions of Islamic law in both Muslim and non-Muslim countries. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Islamic law at Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Turkey.