By Wael B. Hallaq
The research of Islamic legislations could be a forbidding prospect for these getting into the sector for the 1st time. Wael Hallaq, a number one student and practitioner of Islamic legislation, courses scholars in the course of the intricacies of the topic during this soaking up creation. the 1st 1/2 the publication is dedicated to a dialogue of Islamic legislation in its pre-modern usual habitat. the second one half explains how the legislations used to be reworked and finally dismantled in the course of the colonial interval. within the ultimate chapters, the writer charts contemporary advancements and the struggles of the Islamists to barter adjustments that have obvious the legislations grow to be a essentially textual entity occupied with fastened punishments and formality specifications. The ebook, which incorporates a chronology, a thesaurus of keywords, and lists of extra examining, often is the first cease if you happen to desire to comprehend the basics of Islamic legislations, its practices and history.
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Throughout the tour, he stayed in youth hostels where he met young people from different parts of the world. The impact of the journey on him was immense. Upon returning from his European tour, Ghannouchi told his fellow students how shocked he was to see in the West such lost and decadent youth. The splendid image he had depicted in his mind of the West had faded and was replaced by a more realistic image reinforced later on by his readings about the West and about Islam. His observations in the West and the experience of living with Western youth reinforced in his mind the Islamists' perception of the West more than it reinforced the perception of the nationalist camp to which he still belonged.
He was shocked to discover that the dream he lived for, the dream of Arab nationalism, was an illusion. The Arabism he had known in North Africa did not clash with Islam and was therefore not the Arabism upon which the party he had joined in order to serve the Arab Ummah was founded. This was a different Arabism, stripped of its spirit, or rather hostile to its spirit. 47 Ghannouchi soon entered into a debate with other party cadres over the relationship of Arab nationalism to Islam. Whenever a party official was commissioned to have a discussion with him, he would always demand a definition of the position of Islam within the party.
Out of curiosity, Ghannouchi attended mass at the Catholic church. He wanted to learn about Catholic worship and explore its impact on the psyche. His impression was that there was little substance in it. This was a form of traditional religiosity much more inferior, in his assessment, than the traditional religiosity he grew to rebel against in his own country. 59 Although the period he spent in Paris was not long, it was for him a bitter experience of estrangement. Islam was completely alien.
An Introduction to Islamic Law by Wael B. Hallaq