Shari‘a As Discourse: Legal Traditions and the Encounter with Europe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Shari‘a As Discourse

Legal Traditions and the Encounter with Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Lisbet Christoffersen, Jørgen S. Nielsen


284 pages

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This volume exposes some of the various issues raised in relation to Muslim communities in Europe by putting the intellectual and legal traditions into dialogue. It brings together a number of scholars of Shari’a and Islamic law with counterparts from the parallel European disciplines of hermeneutics, philosophy and jurisprudence, to explore how the processes of theological-legal thinking have been expressed and are being expressed in a more or less common intellectual framework. It provides a valuable reference for all those interested in exploring how Muslims and non-Muslims view Shari’a law, looking at ways the European legal systems can provide some form of accommodation with Muslim customs.


'Islamic law cannot be left to theologians to ascertain application by state and non-state actors in today's globalising world. Not denying divine supremacy, Muslim legal pluralism (ikhtilaf) remains challenged by various 'secular' legal methodologies today. This excellent book confirms that searching for common principles remains difficult everywhere, but is possible.' Werner Menski, University of London, UK 'A splendid volume, presenting relations between Islamic and European laws as a non-conflictual encounter of traditions, with discourse as the dominant theme. Theoretical enquiries, in both law and discourse, are superbly combined with rich local experiences, in both Europe and the Arab world. May it calm some of the furies.' Patrick Glenn, McGill University, Canada 'Bringing together considerations arising from Islamic Law and European Legal contributors, this coherent volume offers valuable solutions for widespread social-legal conflicts faced by Muslims in Europe.' Mathias Rohe, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

About the Editors

Jørgen S. Nielsen is Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Centre for European Islamic Thought, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Lisbet Christoffersen is Associate Professor in Public Law at The University of Roskilde and Professor in Law & Religion, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Cultural Diversity and Law

Cultural Diversity and Law
Around the world, most states are faced with difficult issues arising out of cultural diversity in their territories. Within the legal field, such issues span across matters of private law through to public and constitutional law. At international level too there is now considerable jurisprudence regarding ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. In addition, there are several layers of legal control - from communal and religious regulation to state and international regulation. This multiplicity of norm setting has been variously termed legal pluralism, inter-legality or inter-normativity and provides a fascinating lens for academic analysis that links up to cultural diversity in new and interesting ways. The umbrella of cultural diversity encompasses various population groups throughout the world ranging from national, ethnic, religious or indigenous groupings. This series particularly welcomes work that is of comparative interest, concerning various state jurisdictions as well as different population groups.

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LAW / Jurisprudence