This handbook is a detailed reference source comprising original articles covering the origins, history, theory and practice of Islamic law. The handbook starts out by dealing with the question of what type of law is Islamic law and includes a critical analysis of the pedagogical approaches to studying and analysing Islamic law as a discipline. The handbook covers a broad range of issues, including the role of ethics in Islamic jurisprudence, the mechanics and processes of interpretation, the purposes and objectives of Islamic law, constitutional law and secularism, gender, bioethics, Muslim minorities in the West, jihad and terrorism.

Previous publications on this topic have approached Islamic law from a variety of disciplinary and pedagogical perspectives. One of the original features of this handbook is that it treats Islamic law as a legal discipline by taking into account the historical functions and processes of legal cultures and the patterns of legal thought.

With contributions from a selection of highly regarded and leading scholars in this field, the Routledge Handbook of Islamic Law is an essential resource for students and scholars who are interested in the field of Islamic Law.

chapter I|9 pages

Approaches and the state of the field

ByAhmad Atif Ahmad

chapter II|29 pages

What type of law is Islamic law?

ByKhaled Abou El Fadl

part I|84 pages

Jurisprudence and ethics

chapter 1|26 pages

Shariʿah, natural law and the original state

ByAhmed Izzidien

chapter 2|15 pages

‘God cannot be harmed’

On H·uqu‐q Allah/H·uqu‐q al-ʿIba‐d continuum
ByWael Hallaq

chapter 3|16 pages

Balancing this world and the next

Obligation in Islamic law and jurisprudence
ByOmar Farahat

chapter 4|14 pages

Divine command ethics in the Islamic legal tradition

ByMariam al-Attar

chapter 5|13 pages

Islamic law and bioethics *

ByAyman Shabana

part II|148 pages

History and interpretation

chapter 6|16 pages

The Qurʾan and the Hadith as sources of Islamic law

ByAmr Osman

chapter 7|15 pages

The emergence of the major schools of Islamic law/madhhabs

ByLabeeb Ahmed Bsoul

chapter 8|15 pages

Qadis and muftis

Judicial authority and the social practice of Islamic law
ByDelfina Serrano Ruano

chapter 9|12 pages

Ijmāʿ, consensus

ByAhmad Atif Ahmad

chapter 10|12 pages

Superior argument

ByAhmad Atif Ahmad

chapter 11|13 pages

Maqa‐ṣid al-Shariʿah

ByFelicitas Opwis

chapter 12|13 pages

Legal pluralism in Sunni Islamic law

The causes and functions of juristic disagreement
ByAhmed Fekry Ibrahim

chapter 13|34 pages

Interpreting Islamic law through legal canons

ByIntisar A. Rabb

chapter 14|18 pages

Ijtihād and taqlīd

Between the Islamic legal tradition and autonomous western reason
BySherman A. Jackson

part III|82 pages

History and interpretation

chapter 15|13 pages

Legal traditions of the ‘Near East’

The pre-Islamic context
ByLena Salaymeh

chapter 16|15 pages

The place of custom in Islamic law

Past and present
ByAyman Shabana

chapter 17|12 pages

Jihad, sovereignty and jurisdiction

The issue of the abode of Islam
ByAhmed Al-Dawoody

chapter 18|11 pages

Fiqh al-aqalliyyāt and Muslim minorities in the West

BySaid Fares Hassan

chapter 19|16 pages

Family law and succession

ByIrene Schneider

chapter 20|15 pages

Islamic law and the question of gender equality

ByZiba Mir-Hosseini

part IV|73 pages

State and power

chapter 21|19 pages

Islamic law and the state in pre-modern Sunni thought

ByOvamir Anjum

chapter 22|15 pages

Concept of state in Shiʿi jurisprudence

ByAmirhassan Boozari

chapter 24|15 pages

Modern Islamic constitutional theory

ByAndrew F. March

chapter 25|13 pages

Islam, constitutionalism and democratic self-government

ByMohammad H. Fadel

chapter 26|12 pages

Terrorism, religious violence and the Shariʿah

ByAhmed Al-Dawoody