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The Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) cordially invites you to the launch of its new book What is the Sharia? by Baudouin Dupret.

There is no single academic work that asks what the sharia is at multiple levels – this essay is the first to fill that need. What is the Sharia? is an indispensable introduction to the evolution and implementation of Sharia law within the Muslim world.

In the West, ‘Sharia’ often calls to mind antiquated laws founded upon gender discrimination and barbaric punishments. In the East, for some it means the ideal standards by which Muslims strive to live; for others, it is the greatest obstacle to modernisation of their societies. These clashing views sometimes lead to violence. Clarification of the term has therefore become an urgent necessity. Moving through history, society and Islamic thought to explore the sources of Sharia law, Baudouin Dupret gets to the heart of its uses and abuses in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This short, accessible book provides an invaluable guide for those seeking to understand a matter more complex and pressing today than ever before.

‘Just when Western society — academia especially — looks to have surrendered to a convenient Sharia, Dupret ushers in an epistemological unravelling of the concept. Dupret points to the fallacies of “Islamism” and confronts the ideological realities born out of the Arab Spring. Required reading.’

— Malik R. Dahlan, Professor of International Law and Public Policy, Queen Mary University of London, and author of The Hejaz: The First Islamic State

Published in association with Hurst Publishers, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture.

Available now with 25% off. Use code: BDU2938

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Baudouin Dupret is educated in Law, Islamic Studies and Political Science and spent many years as a CNRS researcher in Egypt, Syria and Morocco. He has published extensively on the sociology and anthropology of law, and on legislation in the Middle East and North Africa, including the co-authored Law at Work.

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