Heaven On Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law

by Kadri, Sadakat

Heaven On Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law

Price:  US$16.79   (SGD23.32*)
Format:  Paper Back, 332 pages
Published:  2011, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780099523277
SB#:  052100 (201)

About This Book

Almost 1400 years after the Prophet Muhammad first articulated God's law - the sharia - its earthly interpreters are still arguing over what it means. Hardliners reduce it to amputations, veiling, holy war and stonings. Others say that it is humanity's only guarantee of a just society. In Heaven on Earth, Sadakat Kadri, a London-based criminal barrister and prize-winning writer, sets out to see who is right, and takes readers on a journey through Islam's past and present. Travelling the Islamic world, he encounters a cacophony of legal claims. At the ancient Indian grave of his Sufi ancestor, unruly jinns are exorcised in the name of the sharia. In Pakistan's madrasas, stern scholars ridicule his talk of human rights and demand explanations for NATO drone attacks in Afghanistan. In Iran, he hears that God is forgiving enough to subsidise sex-change operations - but requires the execution of Muslims who change religion. With bibliography and index.

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