Sharia is by now a term that most Americans and Europeans recognize, though few really understand what it means. Often portrayed as a medieval system used by religious zealots to oppress women and deny human rights, conservative politicians, media commentators, and hardline televangelists stoke fear by promoting the idea that Muslims want to impose a repressive Sharia rule in America and Europe. Despite the breadth of this propaganda, a majority of Muslims-men and women-support Sharia as a source of law. In fact, for many centuries Sharia has functioned for Muslims as a positive source of guidance, providing a moral compass for individuals and society. This critical new book by John L. Esposito and Natana Delong-Bas aims to serve as a guide for what everybody needs to know in the conversation about Sharia, responding to misunderstandings and distortions, and offering answers to questions about the origin,
nature, and content of Sharia.
This book could not be more timely. It provides a clear, lucid and scholarly guide to Shariah which should shatter the ignorant myths that surround it with an aura of evil. If we wish to win hearts and minds it is essential that we learn what is actually in them and not rely on what we imagine might be there. This eminently accessible introduction will help people to do just that. – Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History
The clear writing and solid scholarship make it [Shariah] a valuable reference work. – Publishers Weekly
John L. Esposito is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is the author or editor of more than 45 books, including Islamophobia: The Challenges of Pluralism in the 21st Century, and What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. He is the Editor of the Oxford Islamic Studies Series.
Natana DeLong-Bas is Assistant Professor of Theology at Boston College and the author of Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Paperback 352 Pages £10.99
Published: 26 July 2018