By Ahmed E. Souaiaia
Contesting Justice examines the improvement of the legislation and practices governing the prestige of girls in Muslim society, really when it comes to marriage, polygamy, inheritance, and estate rights. Ahmed E. Souaiaia argues that such legislation weren't methodically derived from felony resources yet quite are the preserved figuring out and practices of the early ruling elite. dependent on his quantitative, linguistic, and normative analyses of Quranic texts—and opposite to the confirmed practice—the writer indicates that those texts sanction simply monogamous marriages, warrantly merely lady heirs’ stocks, and don't prescribe an inheritance precept that awards men two times the stocks of women. He significantly explores the best way faith is constructed and then is reworked right into a social keep an eye on mechanism that transcends criminal reform, gender-sensitive schooling, or radical modernization. To ameliorate the criminal, political, and fiscal prestige of girls within the Islamic global, Souaiaia recommends the strengthening of civil society associations that might problem wealth-engendered majoritism, curtail society-manufactured conformity, and bridle absolutely the strength of the state.
“…[Souaiaia’s] principles are illuminating … his exam of Qur’anic legislation, really these pertaining to ladies, should still resonate good within the foreign group. in addition, he bargains average Muslims a clean new method of this kind of interpretations that experience frequently stifled women’s advancement.” — Religion
“Contesting Justice may be liked from issues of view. it's, at the one hand, an advocacy piece, an unique contribution to Islamic notion … yet Justice also contains at the very least chapters which, even though a part of the author’s impassioned argument for a brand new view of Islamic legislations, additionally include fabric that finds a lot concerning the workings of the classical culture … [Souaiaia] is definitely an highbrow to observe on the North American Muslim scene.” — Studies in Religion
“Contesting Justice is in lots of methods a groundbreaking and pioneering learn that hyperlinks discourses bearing on the nature, origins, improvement and the scope of Islamic legislations and practices with the idea that of justice because it pertains to the felony and monetary prestige of girls with specified cognizance to the Islamic legislation of polygamy and inheritance … Souaiaia’s booklet is an incredibly vital research and a huge contribution to the literature of Islamic legislation, felony idea, Islamic hermeneutics, in addition to politics, girls and gender reports and is usually recommended hugely to all these attracted to those disciplines.” — Middle East experiences on-line Journal
“In Contesting Justice, Ahmed Souaiaia bargains an leading edge exam of the hyperlink among social justice and the Islamic interpretive and criminal culture … the author’s efforts at combining a theoretical process and useful method are commendable and intensely welcome efforts for students, scholars, and practitioners of Islamic legislation and human rights.” — Journal of center East Women’s Studies
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