This book surveys secondary literature on the biggest questions that have animated the field of Islamic law since its beginnings. It offers scholars and graduate students a comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art review of research in a particular area.
1. Introduction: The Nature of the Sharia Part I: The Historical Islamic Law 2. The Origins of the Sharia 3. The Divine Sources 4. The Schools of Law 5. Deriving Rules of Law 6. The Judge and the Mufti 7. State and Sharia 8. Qanun and Sharia Part II: Substantive Islamic Law 9. Equality before the Law 10. Gender Relations 11. Socio-Economic Justice 12. Public Order 13. Constitutional Authority 14. War and Peace Part III: Islamic Law through the Prism of the Modern State 15. Sharia and the Colonial State 16. Sharia and the Nation State 17. The Re-Islamization of Legal Systems Part IV: Present-Day Discussions about Sharia 18. Sharia and Finance 19. Sharia and the Muslim Diaspora 20. Sharia and Modernity 21. Sharia and Medical Ethics 22. Epilogue: The Normative Relevance of Sharia in the Modern Context