This week’s issue of SSRN’s Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal includes:
“Muslims and Sacred Texts and Laws” by Ihsan Yilmaz
Like secular law, Islamic law also deals with matters of social, political, and economic interaction. This includes marriage, divorce, inheritance, criminal offenses, contracts, commercial transactions, constitutional law, and international law; basically, paralleling the secular law in terms of content. But, unlike the secular law, Islamic law also deals with matters of the individuals’ relationships with God, such as praying, fasting, giving alms, pilgrimage, and other issues between the individual and God. Matters related to terms what we today refer to as ethics, etiquette, spirituality are also parts of sharīʿa. This piece looks at how Muslim laws have always accommodated a wide degree of pluralism from the beginning and how numerous factors are playing a role in diversity.