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Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law

Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law
Theory and Practice from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-First Century

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Part of Themes in Islamic Law

  • Author: Rudolph Peters, Faculty of Humanities, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521792264

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  • In recent years some of the more fundamentalist regimes in the developing world (such as those of Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and the northern states of Nigeria) have reintroduced Islamic law in place of western criminal codes. Rudolph Peters presents a detailed account of the classical doctrine and traces the enforcement of criminal law from the Ottoman period to the present day. Accounts of actual cases, ranging from theft and banditry to murder, fornication and apostasy, shed light on the complexities of the law, and the sensitivity and intelligence of the qadis who implemented it.

    • Significant contribution to the growing field of Islamic criminal law
    • Provides an analytic overview of the classical doctrine to the Islamic criminal law enforced today
    • Written by a scholar highly regarded both as a historian of Islam and an expert in Islamic law
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Professor Peter's book on crime and punishment in conformity with Islamic Law is a welcome addition to the shelves of common law jurists interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to the regulations of conduct and the selection of sanctions to enforce compliance with these standards of behaviour. Comparatively little attention has been paid to this area of the law in Enlighs language publications and the appearance of a comprehensive review of present-day theory and practice is most welcome, especially in regard to the much misunderstood system of sentencing." - Gilles Renaud, Criminal Law Quarterly

    "Peter's study of Islamic criminal law from the sixteenth century to the present provides the reader with a solid grounding in Islamic legal doctrines, the practice of the Ottoman empire, and the changes resulting from colonization and modern day political movements in the Muslim world...With this background, the reader should be able to understand more fully the historical and legal implications of various movements around the Muslim world to reintroduce Islamic criminal law and how these movements deviate from the classical tradition they often hearken back to." - Lubna A. Alam, Michigan Law Review

    "Scholars interested in Islamic law and its application should definitely read Peters's Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law. We still have much work to do in this field, and this book gives us precious material to think about when formulating methodologies for future law in action studies." - International Journal of Middle East Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521792264
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Maps
    1. Introduction
    2. The classical doctrine
    3. The implementation of Islamic criminal law in the pre-modern period: the Ottoman Empire
    4. The eclipse of Islamic criminal law
    5. Islamic criminal law today
    6. Conclusion
    Glossary of technical terms
    Bibliography
    Suggestions for further reading
    Index.

  • Author

    Rudolph Peters, Faculty of Humanities, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Rudolf Peters is Professor of Islamic law at Amsterdam University. He has published extensively on modern Islam and Islamic law. His books include Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam (1996) and Sharia Criminal Law in Northern Nigeria (2003).

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