In the wake of the terror attacks and wars of the last decade, "shari'a" has become both a loaded word and an all-encompassing explanation. But do Westerners really have an understanding of what shari'a law actually means?
London-based legal scholar and journalist Sadakat Kadri traces shari'a from the founding of Islam to the present day, where the concept has been appropriated and transformed by hardliners desperate to impose their oppressive vision. On a journey through half-a-dozen countries in the Islamic world, Kadri explores how the shari'a is taught, read, reinterpretred, reverenced, and challenged.
Kadri's books include The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O.J. Simpson and Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World. Kadri's articles have appeared in The New Statesman, The Guardian, The Times of London, and the London Review of Books.
Speaker: Sadakat Kadri
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