By Ahmed E. Souaiaia
Contesting Justice examines the advance of the legislation and practices governing the prestige of ladies in Muslim society, quite when it comes to marriage, polygamy, inheritance, and estate rights. Ahmed E. Souaiaia argues that such legislation weren't methodically derived from criminal assets yet particularly are the preserved knowing and practices of the early ruling elite. established on his quantitative, linguistic, and normative analyses of Quranic texts—and opposite to the validated practice—the writer exhibits that those texts sanction simply monogamous marriages, warrantly in basic terms lady heirs’ stocks, and don't prescribe an inheritance precept that awards men two times the stocks of adult females. He seriously explores the way in which faith is constructed and then is remodeled 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 financial prestige of ladies within the Islamic global, Souaiaia recommends the strengthening of civil society associations that would problem wealth-engendered majoritism, curtail society-manufactured conformity, and bridle absolutely the strength of the state.
“…[Souaiaia’s] rules are illuminating … his exam of Qur’anic legislation, really these touching on ladies, may still resonate good within the foreign neighborhood. in addition, he bargains reasonable Muslims a fresh new method of one of these interpretations that experience characteristically stifled women’s advancement.” — Religion
“Contesting Justice may be preferred from issues of view. it truly is, at the one hand, an advocacy piece, an unique contribution to Islamic concept … yet Justice also comprises not less than chapters which, even supposing a part of the author’s impassioned argument for a brand new view of Islamic legislation, additionally comprise 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 examine 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 unique awareness to the Islamic legislation of polygamy and inheritance … Souaiaia’s e-book is a really vital learn and an important contribution to the literature of Islamic legislation, criminal idea, Islamic hermeneutics, in addition to politics, ladies and gender stories and is suggested hugely to all these attracted to those disciplines.” — Middle East reviews on-line Journal
“In Contesting Justice, Ahmed Souaiaia bargains an cutting edge exam of the hyperlink among social justice and the Islamic interpretive and felony culture … the author’s efforts at combining a theoretical process and functional method are commendable and intensely welcome efforts for students, scholars, and practitioners of Islamic legislations and human rights.” — Journal of center East Women’s Studies
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