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The Justice of Islam: Comparative Perspectives on Islamic Law and Society

Lawrence Rosen


One out of five people in the world today lives subject to Islamic law, but stereotypes of rigid doctrine or harsh punishment obscure an understanding of the values and style of reasoning that characterize everyday Islamic adjudication. By considering its larger social and cultural context, Islamic law is shown to be a kind of common law system: justice is sought through a careful assessment of persons, more than facts, and justice resides not in equality, but in a quest for equivalence. Through ordinary court proceedings the style of reasoning is seen to be embedded in a set of cultural assum ... More

Keywords: Islam, law, evidence, cultural assumptions, Middle East, North Africa, jurisprudence, anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198298854
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Rosen, author