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 7: Shari’a: Dynamic Method or Fixed Law? Does it Matter?

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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One thing stands out throughout Ghazali’s life, which reinforced his influence among fellow Muslims: his absolute loyalty to Shari’a. Yet, neither the sum of his texts, the various crises he triggered, the Shari’a rules he deduced, nor his own words indicate that such loyalty was to an Islamic law, let alone a definite code. Chapter seven explores the technical and historical outlines of the Sharia rule/lawmaking process, the method to which Ghazali and his people subscribed. It includes a portrait of a seminar that Ghazali held in Cairo, which was attended by some of the most influential scholars of Mainstream Islam in that country. Their deliberations provide a window on this senior crowd’s approaches to Shari'a and fiqh in the late 20th century, highlighting the question of whether or not it matters that Shari'a rulemaking is understood mainly in terms of a law or as a process. The disparity between the assumptions of Islamic law and how these Egyptian scholars view Shari’a reveals worrying gaps in understanding the Muslim experiences, which the author argues, suggests that it is time to overhaul the academic discourse on Islam, especially when it comes to its rulemaking.

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Khalafallah, Haifaa. Chapter 7: Shari’a: Dynamic Method or Fixed Law? Does it Matter?. The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 157-185 Apr 2017. ISBN 9781781792957. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27629. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27629. Apr 2017

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