Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know®
Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • Acts as an easy-to-read guide to understanding a widely misunderstood concept
  • Written by two internationally regarded scholars of Islamic Studies
  • Provides both historical and contemporary coverage on a wide range of disciplines
  • Gives attention to possibilites for reform and progress, including those already underway

Sharia is by now a term that most Americans and Europeans recognize, though few really understand what it means. Often portrayed as a medieval system used by religious zealots to oppress women and deny human rights, conservative politicians, media commentators, and hardline televangelists stoke fear by promoting the idea that Muslims want to impose a repressive Sharia rule in America and Europe. Despite the breadth of this propaganda, a majority of Muslims-men and women-support Sharia as a source of law. In fact, for many centuries Sharia has functioned for Muslims as a positive source of guidance, providing a moral compass for individuals and society. This critical new book by John L. Esposito and Natana Delong-Bas aims to serve as a guide for what everybody needs to know in the conversation about Sharia, responding to misunderstandings and distortions, and offering answers to questions about the origin, nature, and content of Sharia.



Chapter 1: Shariah Today: Myths and Realities
Chapter 2: Shariah: The Big Picture (or Shariah & Islamic Law?)
Chapter 3: Shariah Courts
Chapter 4: The Five Pillars and Community Life
Chapter 5: Women, Gender and The Family
Chapter 6: Government, Law and Order
Chapter 7: Freedom and Human Rights
Chapter 8: War, Peace and The Common Good
Chapter 9: Criminal Law and Justice
Chapter 10: Islamic Finance in a Global World
Chapter 11: Science, Bioethics, and Human Life


John L. Esposito, University Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown University, and Natana J. DeLong-Bas, Assistant Professor of Theology, Boston Colllege
John L. Esposito is professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is the author or editor of more than 45 books, including Islamophobia: The Challenges of Pluralism in the 21st Century, and What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. He is the Editor of the Oxford Islamic Studies Series.
Natana DeLong-Bas is Assistant Professor of Theology at Boston College and the author of Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad.

"This book could not be more timely. It provides a clear, lucid and scholarly guide to Shariah which should shatter the ignorant myths that surround it with an aura of evil. If we wish to win hearts and minds it is essential that we learn what is actually in them and not rely on what we imagine might be there. This eminently accessible introduction will help people to do just that." --Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History

"The authors balance a big-picture perspective of the origins and place of sharia in Muslim societies ... Some of the best sections discuss the similarities and differences among the five major Islamic legal schools of interpretation, a look into contemporary polling data on Muslim opinions, and a broad review of how injunctions from scripture and tradition have been applied or misapplied around the world." -- Publishers Weekly

"This volume offers a much needed discussion of hotly debated issues such as the status of women, gender issues, family life, freedom, human rights, war, jihad, peace, criminal law, and justice in light of sharí'ah ... Though it is purposefully written for the awareness of the general public, it is still recommended for students, political analysts, policy makers, and religious leaders in the West as well as elsewhere in the world." -- Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion

"An excellent introductory discussion of Shariah ... Like other books in Oxford's What Everyone Needs to Know series, the question-answer format makes this work easy to reference and focuses the user's reading." -- Booklist


ISBN : 9780199325061

John L. Esposito; Natana DeLong-Bas
240 ページ
141 x 210 mm
What Everyone Needs to Know





Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know®