CIP Publishes Revised Shariah Report on Kindle
by Center for Islamic Pluralism
The Center for Islamic Pluralism has published a revised and updated edition of its major study, A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology in Western Europe, on Kindle Books. The Kindle link is accessible here. The Kindle price is USD5.00.
The text was first published in 2009, and in that form is still available as a free download here. Translated excerpts of that document are also posted in German and Turkish.
The volume offers a complete definition of Islamic law and the most thorough examination yet published of 'minority fiqh' or 'Muslim law for Muslim minority communities.' CIP finds 'minority fiqh' to be an intrusion into established Western law and violation of the traditional Islamic injunction holding that Muslims living in non-Muslim-majority societies must accept the laws and customs of the place to which they migrate. 'Minority fiqh' was fabricated by supporters of the radical Muslim Brotherhood.
The survey further includes the most complete critical analysis in any language of the European Council for Fatawa and Research (ECFR) and its promulgation of Islamic law for Western Europe. ECFR is headed by the Qatar-based fundamentalist preacher Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, and has been a source for 'minority fiqh.'
Editorial review has taken into account potential changes in Islamist thought in the aftermath of the revolutions in Egypt and Libya and emergence of a radical Wahhabi trend among Berber/Amazigh people.
As Frank Buckley, Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law, wrote in the Prefatory Note to the original study, "The introduction of Shariah law in Western legal systems provokes widespread concern. To be sure, some Shariah laws are purely personal to Muslims, and their observance cannot be thought objectionable. Dietary rules and dress codes are shielded by Western constitutional protections of religious and privacy rights. These should properly be a matter of indifference to non-Muslims. Other Shariah laws that promote positive morality – hospitality to strangers, performance of promises – should be welcomed. Westerners are troubled, however, by the idea of a separate legal code that strengthens or weakens the penalties for criminal behaviour imposed on all citizens. Polygamy, so-called 'honour' murders, jihadist militancy, female genital mutilation, forced marriages and related practices can have no part in a Western legal system.
"The value of this compendium, produced by some of the leading Western Muslim experts, is in showing how moderate and liberal Muslims may give a commitment to honour Western legal rules without in any way derogating from the principles of their religion. This understanding of the civic duties of Muslims in non-Muslim countries has, moreover, the backing of the most authoritative Muslim juristic figures. But it is intolerable, according to the authors, that radical Shariah adherents promote their vision of an illiberal legal code that violates the most fundamental liberties of citizens. One of the great values of this handbook is that it offers the best analysis of the goals of radical Islam with respect to the imposition of Shariah in the West, and the penetration of these ideas. The debate described in these pages has been almost entirely veiled from non-Muslim eyes, and will be a revelation to all."
The links and prices of the Kindle edition of A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology in Western Europe in the different Amazon-linked countries are:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B5GW30S US$5.14 (US/India)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B5GW30S £3.24 (UK)
https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00B5GW30S EUR 3,86 (Germany)
https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B00B5GW30S EUR 3,86 (France)
https://www.amazon.es/dp/B00B5GW30S EUR 3,86 (Spain)
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B00B5GW30S EUR 3,86 (Italy)
http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00B5GW30S ￥ 451 (Japan)
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00B5GW30S CDN$ 4.96 (Canada)
https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B00B5GW30S R$ 10,21 (Brazil)
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