Why is the term shari’a―the mention of which conjures up images of a politicised religion in many parts of the world―understood in the ways that it is today? For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, much is read into this term, often with scant regard for its historical, cultural or theological underpinnings. The politics of identity has a profound effect on contemporary life, both secular and religious, and this includes our understandings of the shari’a. Yet at the core of this concept, for Muslims, is the quest for a moral compass by which to navigate a path through life (Qur’an, 45:18), informed deeply by revelation and its interpretation by the Prophet Muhammad as well as his closest Companions.
Read Professor Karim H. Karim’s chapter “Sustaining and Enhancing Life” from this book, edited by Amyn B. Sajoo.
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