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"Shari'a and Islamic Family Law: Transition and Transformation" in Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: A Global Resource Book, Zed Books, 2002

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The basic objective of this book is to explore Islamic Family Law reform from a human rights perspective. This chapter serves as the introduction to the book, explaining that the author has tried to provide a global overview of Islamic societies and aspects of legal systems of countries that are most relevant to family law. In this chapter, he presents an overview of the nature and development of Shari'a in general and its transition into being limited to family law in particular.

About the Author: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory in 1995, he was Executive Director of Human Rights Watch/Africa. In February 2009, An-Na`im received an Honorary Doctorate from the Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven, Leuven), Belgium. He also served as Global Legal Scholar at the Law School, University of Warwick, UK (until August 2010); and Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (until December 2010). An-Na`im has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on human rights, constitutionalism, Islamic law and politics. As a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, he is working on a book manuscript for Oxford University Press, tentatively entitled: “What is an  American Muslim,” in which he is applying the thesis presented in his 2008 book, Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari`a.  This book is available for download free of charge in eight languages of Islamic societies at (http://sharia.law.emory.edu).

 

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