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Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030571

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  • Khaled Abou El Fadl's book represents the first systematic examination of the idea and treatment of political resistance and rebellion in Islamic law. Pre-modern jurists produced an extensive and sophisticated discourse on the legality of rebellion and the treatment due to rebels under Islamic law. The book examines the emergence and development of these discourses from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries, and considers juristic responses to the various terror-inducing strategies employed by rebels--including assassination, stealth attacks and rape. The study demonstrates how Muslim jurists went about restructuring several competing doctrinal sources in order to construct a highly technical discourse on rebellion. Indeed many of these rulings may have a profound influence on contempoary practices. This is an important and challenging book which sheds light on the complexities of Islamic law, and pre-modern attitudes to dissidence and rebellion.

    • A systematic treatment of the idea of political resistance and rebellion in Islamic law
    • Appeals to a wide range of readers including students of Islamic law, historians and political scientists
    • Broad-ranging account placed in its historical and legal context
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    "He has made Rebellion and Violence the sort of book i wish scholars outside of our field would read. It wonderfully imparts a sense of the subtlety and sophistication-and, surprisingly perhaps, given the subject matter, the humanity-of juristic discourse in the Islamic tradition."
    Joseph E. Lowry, Journal of Near Eastern Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030571
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgments
    1. Modern scholarship and reorienting the approach to rebellion
    2. The doctrinal foundations of the laws of rebellion
    3. The historical context and the creative response
    4. The rise of the juristic discourse on rebellion: fragmentation
    5. The spread of the Islamic law of rebellion from the fourth/tenth to the fifth/eleventh centuries
    6. Rebellion, insurgency and brigandage: the developed positions and the emergence of trends
    7. The developed non-Sunni positions
    8. Negotiating rebellion in Islamic law
    Works cited

  • Author

    Khaled Abou El Fadl, University of California, Los Angeles
    Khaled Abou El Fadl is an Acting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles law school. His publications include The Search for Authority in Modern Islam (forthcoming).

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