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Islamic Law in Modern Courts

  • Haider Ala Hamoudi
  • Mark Cammack
Series / Aspen Casebook Series
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Islamic Law in Modern Courts provides an easily accessible introduction to Islamic law written specifically for law students and legal professionals, and designed to be taught not only by Islamic law specialists, but also by those working in related fields such as law and religion or comparative legal systems. Framed as a casebook, the text uses translations of judicial decisions involving real-world legal disputes to present a picture of Islamic law as it is actually applied in the contemporary world. The casebook draws on material from a variety of countries but focuses primarily on two jurisdictions. Cases from Indonesia exemplify the law of the majority Sunni branch of Islam, while cases from Iraq reflect the influence of both Sunni and Shi’a law. The casebook begins with a brief introduction to the religion of Islam and the sources, methods, and historical development of Islamic law. Four substantive law chapters cover the main subjects over which Islamic law continues to exert significant influence. These include inheritance law, the law of marriage and divorce, Islamic finance and charitable foundations, and Islamic criminal law. A final chapter examines constitutional adjudication of issues related to Islamic law.

Key Features:

  • Examines Islamic law as state law that is enforced by national courts but with roots in and ongoing connections with the rich classical tradition.
  • Designed for use by both experts in Islamic law as well as faculty who have an interest in Islamic law but lack extensive background in the subject.
  • Cases are accompanied by commentary that explains and situates the doctrine applied in the decision and suggests questions for classroom discussion.
  • The five substantive law chapters are self-contained units that permit instructors to design a course that focuses on subject areas of particular interest.
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About the authors
Haider Ala Hamoudi
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Haider Ala Hamoudi is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Professor Hamoudi teaches a seminar each year on Islamic Law, and his scholarship focuses on Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. His approach to Islamic Law has been to focus on the manner in which modern legal actors, with their own preexisting political, social, economic and ideological dispositions, interpret and apply Islamic law as part of the positive law of contemporary states. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on this subject in a wide variety of law school journals, university presses, and other scholarly venues, as a result of which he has become internationally recognized as a leading scholar in the field. Professor Hamoudi is also the author of a blog on Islamic Law entitled emIslamic Law in Our Timesem.

Mark Cammack
Southwestern Law School

Mark Cammack is Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. Professor Cammack has been researching and writing about the Indonesian legal system and Islamic law in Southeast Asia for more than three decades. His scholarship on Islamic law focuses primarily on the dynamics of legal and institutional change and the influence of social, cultural and political forces on the development of Islamic legal institutions in contemporary Indonesia. Professor Cammack has written more than two dozen articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on Islamic law and the Indonesian legal system, and he is co-editor of two edited volumes on Islamic legal institutions in Southeast Asia. His scholarship is used extensively in courses on Islamic law and Islamic courts at Indonesian universities, and he has taught courses and lectured on Islamic legal institutions at a number of universities and Islamic institutes in Indonesia.

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