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Look Inside Justice, Punishment and the Medieval Muslim Imagination

Justice, Punishment and the Medieval Muslim Imagination

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: August 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521887823

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  • How was the use of violence against Muslims explained and justified in medieval Islam? What role did state punishment play in delineating the private from the public sphere? What strategies were deployed to cope with the suffering caused by punishment? These questions are explored in Christian Lange's in-depth study of the phenomenon of punishment, both divine and human, in eleventh-to-thirteenth-century Islamic society. The book examines the relationship between state and society in meting out justice, Muslim attitudes to hell and the punishments that were in store in the afterlife, and the legal dimensions of punishment. The cross-disciplinary approach embraced in this study, which is based on a wide variety of Persian and Arabic sources, sheds light on the interplay between theory and practice in Islamic criminal law, and between executive power and the religious imagination of medieval Muslim society at large.

    • Spans the gap between traditional Islamic studies and the study of religion and allows readers to understand how Islamic religion 'works' in its social and political context
    • The book is cross-disciplinary (unusual in Islamic studies) and is based on a wide variety of Persian and Arabic sources
    • Features the first full-scale description and analysis of the traditional Muslim idea of hell
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    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521887823
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. The Politics of Punishment:
    1. Spheres and institutions of punishment
    2. Types of punishment
    Part II. The Eschatology of Punishment:
    3. The structure of hell
    4. Hell's creatures and their punishments
    Part III. Legal Dimensions of Punishment:
    5. Circumscribing hadd in Sunnī law
    6. Discretionary punishment and the public sphere.

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    Christian Lange, University of Edinburgh

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