Sharia Law: What It Is, What It Isn't

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Many of the protesters claimed a connection between the proposed Islamic center and the imposition of sharia law on Americans. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

In the years since September 11th and America’s two wars in the Middle East, even those with very little knowledge of Islam have heard about Sharia law. Of course, what we hear isn’t necessarily academic. In the news, Sharia law is frequently depicted as a system that condones women being stoned. In the movies, it’s the reason why petty thieves find their hands on the chopping block. But what, exactly, is Sharia law all about? Here to help us answer that question, and many more, is Sadakat Kadri, author of "Heaven on Earth," a history of Sharia law and its many interpretations.

Here's an excerpt from Kadri's book:

“Recite!” The disembodied voice echoed around the cavern. “In the name of thy God who created man from a clot of blood!” With those words, according to the Qur’an, all of humanity was instructed to submit to Islam, but the only person present was a forty-year-old Arab merchant named Muhammad, who reacted by looking around with astonishment.

Read the rest of the excerpt here.


Sadakat Kadri

Produced by:

Ben Gottlieb and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Salaam from Long Island

It's important to delineate that abrogation is also part of people's fiqh. That is to say, abrogation can be contested. This is because, as the Quran says in Chapter 2, "This is a perfect book, there is no doubt in it." If there were abrogated verses, then there would be doubt in the book because it would not be full of certainty.

May. 08 2012 01:37 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Sudan is trying to enforce Sharia Law on the new country of southern Sudan, by force, and to get their oil.

Apr. 17 2012 06:05 AM

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