176 Pages
118 x 174 mm
Pub date
Feb 2021
Very Short Introductions


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  • Covers all the three aspects of Islamic law, namely, Islamic legal theory, Islamic substantive Law, and Islamic procedural law
  • Offers both a historical and evolutional perspective of Islamic law
  • Covers both classical jurisprudence and modern legislation from different jurisdictions on many of the issues covered
  • Written in very clear language with all technical terminology clearly explained

Islamic law is one of the major legal systems in the world today, yet it is often misunderstood, particularly in the West. It is applicable in different forms as part of state law in countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and also has a strong influence on Muslim communities throughout the Western world.
This Very Short Introduction provides an authoritative perspective on the evolution and nature of Islamic law. Mashood A. Baderin considers its theory, covering the history and nature of Islamic jurisprudence; its scope, covering Family Law, Inheritance Law, Financial Law, Penal Law, and International Law; and, finally, its practice. He takes into account both classical and modern scholarly perspectives in examining the various facets of Islamic law, to provide an overview of this key legal system.


1. Historical Development
2. The Nature of Islamic Law
3. Theory, Scope and Practice
4. Family Law
5. Law of Inheritance
6. Law of Financial Transactions
7. Penal Law
8. International Law
9. Administration of Justice
10. The Future of Islamic Law
Further reading

About the author: 

Mashood A. Baderin, Professor of Law, School of Law, SOAS, University of London
Professor Mashood A. Baderin is Professor of Laws at SOAS, University of London. He specialises in Islamic Law, Human Rights, International Law, and Law and Development in Africa. His books include Islamic Legal Theory, Vol. 1, Ashgate Islamic Law Series, (2014); Issues in Islamic Law, Vol. 2, Ashgate Islamic Law Series, (2014); Islamic Law in Practice, Vol. 3, Ashgate Islamic Law Series, (2014); Islam and Human Rights: Selected Essays of Abdullahi An-Na'im, (2010); and Human Rights and Islamic Law (2003).

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