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Description - Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law by Khaled Abou El-Fadl

Khaled Abou El Fadl's book represents the first systematic examination of the idea and treatment of political resistance and rebellion in Islamic law. Pre-modern jurists produced an extensive and sophisticated discourse on the legality of rebellion and the treatment due to rebels under Islamic law. The book examines the emergence and development of these discourses from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries and considers juristic responses to the various terror-inducing strategies employed by rebels including assassination, stealth attacks and rape. The study demonstrates how Muslim jurists went about restructuring several competing doctrinal sources in order to construct a highly technical discourse on rebellion. Indeed many of these rulings may have a profound influence on contemporary practices. This is an important and challenging book which sheds light on the complexities of Islamic law and pre-modern attitudes to dissidence and rebellion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521030571
ISBN-10: 0521030579
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 404
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Khaled Abou El-Fadl

Khaled Abou El Fadl is an Acting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles law school. His publications include The Search for Authority in Modern Islam (forthcoming).