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The Shari'a and Islamic Criminal Justice in Time of War and Peace

M. Cherif Bassiouni

ISBN 10: 110704068X / ISBN 13: 9781107040687
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Title: The Shari'a and Islamic Criminal Justice in ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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This innovative and important book applies classical Sunni Muslim legal and religious doctrine to contemporary issues surrounding armed conflict. In doing so it shows that the shari'a and Islamic law are not only compatible with contemporary international human rights law and international humanitarian law norms, but are appropriate for use in Muslim societies. By grounding contemporary post-conflict processes and procedures in classical Muslim legal and religious doctrine, it becomes more accessible to Muslim societies who are looking for appropriate legal mechanisms to deal with the aftermath of armed conflict. This book uniquely presents a critique of the violent practices of contemporary Muslims and Muslim clerics who support these practices. It rebuts Islamophobes in the West that discredit Islam on the basis of the abhorrent practices of some Muslims, and hopes to reduce tensions between Western and Islamic civilizations by enhancing common understanding of the issues.


'Cherif Bassiouni makes the compelling case that international human rights law and international humanitarian law are part of the 'firmament of Islam'; that socioeconomic and educational problems in the Muslim world - not religion and certainly not Islam itself - account for political violence in the name of Islam ... [He] argues, with clarity and eloquence that will appeal to scholars and lay readers alike, that Muslim societies can and must develop institutions and mechanisms ... to bring to justice those who have committed crimes of political violence under shari'a and Islamic law. This is a courageous and brilliantly reasoned attempt to pry open the gates of rational interpretation closed to Muslims for nearly a millennium. Muslims and non-Muslims alike ... will be struck by the scope and sheer ambition of his undertaking ...' Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, Atlantic Council, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

'This book on post-conflict justice in Islamic law and international law requirements could not be more timely. It comes during a period when questions about transitional justice are of immediate relevance to the Muslim world after the ongoing revolutions and reforms that sprung up in 2010 in the region. Professor Bassiouni is uniquely positioned to make a lasting contribution to questions of what comes next.' Intisar Rabb, New York University School of Law

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