Sharia and Muslim Minorities: The wasati and salafi approaches to fiqh al-aqalliyyat al-Muslima

Hardcover | December 12, 2015

byUriya Shavit

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Based on a comparative analysis of several hundred religio-juristic treatises and fatwas (religious decisions), Shari'a and Muslim Minorities: The Wasati and Salafi Approaches to Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat al-Muslima offers the most systematic and comprehensive study to date of fiqh al aqalliyyatal-Muslima - the field in Islamic jurisprudence that treats issues that are unique to Muslims living in majority non-Muslim societies. The book argues that two main contesting approaches to fiqh al-aqalliyyat al-Muslima, the wasati and the salafi, have developed, in part dialectically. While bothenvision a future Islamizing of the West as a main justification for Muslim residence in the West, the wasati approach is pragmatic, facilitating, and integration-minded, whereas the salafi calls for strict application of religious norms and for introversion. The volume examines diverse and highly-debated juristic issues, including the permissibility of naturalizing in non-Muslim states, participating in their electoral systems and serving in their militaries and police forces; the permissibility of taking mortgages and student loans; the permissibilityof congratulating Christians on Christmas or receiving Christmas bonuses; and the permissibility of working in professions that involve breaching of religio-legal prohibitions (e.g. serving pork). Discussions highlight the diversity within contemporary Islamic jurisprudence and introduce new nuancesto highly-charged concepts such as proselytizing, integration, and multiculturalism.

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Based on a comparative analysis of several hundred religio-juristic treatises and fatwas (religious decisions), Shari'a and Muslim Minorities: The Wasati and Salafi Approaches to Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat al-Muslima offers the most systematic and comprehensive study to date of fiqh al aqalliyyatal-Muslima - the field in Islamic jurisprudence ...

Uriya Shavit is a Senior Lecturer at the Department for Arabic and Islamic Studies and the Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University. He specializes in the study of Arab discourses on democracy and science, Islamist ideology and Islamic law, and has published seven books and twenty-five articles in these fields.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198757239

ISBN - 13:9780198757238

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Wasatiyya and Salafiyya: A Conflict of Ideologies and Methodologies2. The Wasati and Salafi Approaches to the Religious Law of Muslin Minorities3. Muslim Minorities and Non-Muslim Societies4. Muslim Minorities and Non-Muslim StatesConclusion