Synopses & Reviews
In recent years some of the more fundamentalist regimes in the developing world (such as those of Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and the northern states of Nigeria) have reintroduced Islamic law in place of western criminal codes. Rudolph Peters presents a detailed account of the classical doctrine and traces the enforcement of criminal law from the Ottoman period to the present day. Accounts of actual cases, ranging from theft and banditry to murder, fornication and apostasy, shed light on the complexities of the law, and the sensitivity and intelligence of the qadis who implemented it.
"Professor Peter's book on crime and punishment in conformity with Islamic Law is a welcome addition to the shelves of common law jurists interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to the regulations of conduct and the selection of sanctions to enforce compliance with these standards of behaviour. Comparatively little attention has been paid to this area of the law in Enlighs language publications and the appearance of a comprehensive review of present-day theory and practice is most welcome, especially in regard to the much misunderstood system of sentencing." - Gilles Renaud, Criminal Law Quarterly
"Peter's study of Islamic criminal law from the sixteenth century to the present provides the reader with a solid grounding in Islamic legal doctrines, the practice of the Ottoman empire, and the changes resulting from colonization and modern day political movements in the Muslim world...With this background, the reader should be able to understand more fully the historical and legal implications of various movements around the Muslim world to reintroduce Islamic criminal law and how these movements deviate from the classical tradition they often hearken back to." - Lubna A. Alam, Michigan Law Review
"Scholars interested in Islamic law and its application should definitely read Peters's Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law. We still have much work to do in this field, and this book gives us precious material to think about when formulating methodologies for future law in action studies." - International Journal of Middle East Studies
This is the first single-authored account of both the theory and practice of Islamic criminal law. In recent years some of the more fundamentalist regimes, such as those of Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and the Northern states of Nigeria have reintroduced Islamic law. Rudolf Peters gives a detailed account of the classical doctrine and traces the enforcement of criminal law from the Ottoman period to the present day. The accounts of actual cases which range from theft, banditry, murder, fornication and apostasy shed light on the complexities of the law.
This is an account of the theory and practice of Islamic criminal law.
About the Author
Rudolf Peters is Professor of Islamic law at Amsterdam University. He has published extensively on modern Islam and Islamic law. His books include Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam (1996) and Sharia Criminal Law in Northern Nigeria (2003).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Maps; 1. Introduction; 2. The classical doctrine; 3. The implementation of Islamic criminal law in the pre-modern period: the Ottoman Empire; 4. The eclipse of Islamic criminal law; 5. Islamic criminal law today; 6. Conclusion; Glossary of technical terms; Bibliography; Suggestions for further reading; Index.