Demystifying Shariah

What It Is, How It Works, and Why It's Not Taking Over Our Country
Product Number: EB00762632
Released: May 12, 2020
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ISBN: #9780807038017
Publisher: Beacon Press
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A direct counterpoint to fear mongering headlines about shariah law - a Muslim American legal expert tells the real story, eliminating stereotypes and assumptions with compassion, irony, and humor In 2010, a growing number of anti-shariah activists began amassing and depositing the word "shariah" (or "shari'ah") as a scare word into the public discourse. "Anti-shariah" protests started infesting towns throughout the United States and Europe, despite no evidence of any imposition of shariah - as puzzling as if Americans suddenly began protesting the Martian occupation of Earth. This anti-shariah movement was of course nothing spontaneous, but a deliberate misinformation campaign to appropriate Islamic academic terms and redefine them to frighten non-Muslims, alienate Muslim Americans and Europeans, and portray Islam as incompatible with the Constitution. But what is shariah? If it's as draconian and oppressive as the anti-shariah activists say, then how can 1.6 billion people abide by it? If it requires the oppression of women, then why have at least thirteen Muslim women been presidents or prime ministers in recent decades? If it requires violence, then why haven't Muslims - nearly a quarter of the world's population - taken over the world by now? This book explains shariah, how it operates in the lives of Muslims, and what it means in terms of law. How do Muslims engage with shariah? What does it have to do with our Constitution? How did it develop and why was its development disrupted? What does it have to do with the way the world looks like today? And why do we all - Muslims or not - need to care? Sumbul Ali-Karamali draws on scholarship and her degree in Islamic law to explain shariah in an accessible, engaging narrative style, illustrating clear explanations with personal anecdotes. This is no book of abstract religious law! It's shariah, Islam, and Muslims described by a Muslim American in her real-world context, with compassion, irony, and humor.

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Author(s): Sumbul Ali-Karamali
Original Publish Date: May 12, 2020

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Author(s): Sumbul Ali-Karamali
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