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Islamic Law and its Origins

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 05 May 2011

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the origins and early development of Islamic law. The legal code of Islam is known as Sharia, an Arabic word meaning "the way". Its sources include the Islamic holy book the Qur'an, the words and actions of the Prophet Muhammad, and the opinions of legal scholars. In the 7th century, Sharia started to replace the tribal laws of pre-Islamic Arabia; over the next three hundred years it underwent considerable evolution as Islam spread. By 900 a body of religious and legal scholarship recognisable as classical Sharia had emerged.

With:

Hugh Kennedy
Professor of Arabic in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London

Robert Gleave
Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter

Mona Siddiqui
Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    Wael B. Hallaq, ‘An Introduction to Islamic Law’ (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

    Bernard G. Weiss, ‘The Spirit of Islamic Law’ (University of Georgia Press, 1998)

    Knut S. Vikor, ‘Between God and the Sultan’ (C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 2005)

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