Between God And The Sultan: A History of Islamic Law

Paperback | January 19, 2006

byKnut S. Vikor

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The contrast between religion and law has been continuous throughout Muslim history. Islamic law has always existed in a tension between these two forces: God, who gave the law, and the state--the sultan--representing society and implementing the law. This tension and dynamic have created avery particular history for the law--in how it was formulated and by whom, in its theoretical basis and its actual rules, and in how it was practiced in historical reality from the time of its formation until today. That is the main theme of this book. Knut S. Vikor introduces the development and practice of Islamic law to a wide readership: students, lawyers, and the growing number of those interested in Islamic civilization. He summarizes the main concepts of Islamic jurisprudence; discusses debates concerning the historicity of Islamic sourcesof dogma and the dating of early Islamic law; describes the classic practice of the law, in the formulation and elaboration of legal rules and practice in the courts; and sets out various substantive legal rules, on such vital matters as the family and economic activity.

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The contrast between religion and law has been continuous throughout Muslim history. Islamic law has always existed in a tension between these two forces: God, who gave the law, and the state--the sultan--representing society and implementing the law. This tension and dynamic have created avery particular history for the law--in how it...

Knut S. Vikor is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Bergen in Norway.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 5.39 × 8.39 × 0.98 inPublished:January 19, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195223985

ISBN - 13:9780195223989

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