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The Good Muslim
Reflections on Classical Islamic Law and Theology

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  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521740128

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  • In this unusual, thought-provoking and beautifully written book, Mona Siddiqui reflects upon key themes in Islamic law or theology. She has selected these topics, which range through discussions about friendship, divorce, drunkenness, love, slavery, and ritual slaughter, in part because they are of particular interest to her, and in part because they reveal fascinating insights into Islamic ethics, and the way in which arguments developed in medieval juristic discourse. These pre-modern religious works contained a richness of thought, hesitation and speculation on a wide range of topics, which were socially relevant but also presented intellectual challenges to the scholars for whom God's revelation could be understood in diverse ways. These subjects of course remain very relevant today, both for practicing Muslims and for scholars of Islamic law and religious studies, and the book shows just how these debates resonate in contemporary Islamic thought. Mona Siddiqui is an astute and articulate interpreter who relays complex ideas about the Islamic tradition with great clarity. These are important attributes for a book which, as the author acknowledges, charts her own journey through the classical texts, and reflects upon how the principles expounded there have guided her own thinking and impacted on her teaching and research.

    • An articulate and thought-provoking book which considers key themes - love, friendship, divorce - and how they were interpreted by medieval scholars
    • Written by a leading scholar and well-known commentator, the book reflects her personal choices and experiences as a Muslim in today's world
    • Intended for students and scholars of theology, history, religious studies and those interested in inter-religious debate
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521740128
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Spoken, intended and problematic divorce in Hanafi Fiqh
    2. Between person and property – slavery in Qudūrī's Mukhtasar
    3. Pig, purity and permission in Mālikī slaughter
    4. Islamic and other perspectives on evil
    5. The language of love in the Qur'ān
    6. Virtue and limits in the ethics of friendship
    7. Drinking and drunkenness in Ibn Rushd.

  • Author

    Mona Siddiqui, University of Edinburgh
    Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies in the School of Divinity at The University of Edinburgh. She is a well known commentator in the media and in 2011 was awarded an OBE for services to interfaith relations. She is the author of How to Read the Qur'an (2007) and editor of Islam, Volumes 1–4 (2010).

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