The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law - Haifaa G. Khalafallah

The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law - Haifaa G. Khalafallah

Chapter 5: Textualising Context: The Case of Women

The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law - Haifaa G. Khalafallah

Haifaa G. Khalafallah [+-]
Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies
Haifaa G. Khalafallah founded and presently directs the Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies, SCIMS, a UK based volunteer Muslim educational group. Previously she taught Islamic and Middle East history at Georgetown University, including in its various campuses in Washington DC, Doha, and Alanya.

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This chapter illustrate how Islam’s rulemaking process worked in real life, in the case of women. Modern obsession of Muslim women is not the reason for turning to this example, however. The opposing rules that Ghazali deduced on gender throughout his career throw light on the trajectory of Shari'a rule/law-making -- as an unceasing flow between divine instructions, proofs of reality, and the precedents that the community established in reading both, the scriptures and the world around it. Consequently, the chapter turns to more portraits from his career and personal life in the trail of the changing yardsticks by which Ghazali measured reality and valid precedent at different times.

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Khalafallah, Haifaa. Chapter 5: Textualising Context: The Case of Women. The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 109-128 Apr 2017. ISBN 9781781792957. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27627. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27627. Apr 2017

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