Global Politics and the Question of Shari‘a

What type of law is shari‘a? Does Islam require its implementation by the state? Can the shari‘a be compatible with modern democracy and pluralist citizenship? Or is the law effectively human-rights-restricting with respect to women, non-Muslims, and Muslims who profess a non-conforming variety of the faith? These are among the questions addressed in the Winter 2012 issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs, a special issue on “The Rise of Shari‘a: Implications for Democracy and Human Rights.”

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