chapter  4
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The rule of law in Islamic thought and practice: A historical perspective


The rise of movements to restore Islamic law and broaden its reach constitutes one of the most significant events of our time. These movements have spawned vast literatures, energized political movements that have shaken the global international order, and provided rationales for religious militancy. The architects of these campaigns, known as Islamists, view the holy law of Islam, the sharia, as the answer to assorted social, moral, political, and economic problems.2