I just attended a 2-day conference organized by Leiden University about the Shari’ah in modern Muslim countries. It was really interesting, and two authors I really like were there: Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Abdullahi an-Naim. I think my next few posts will be about the conference and what was discussed there. Overall it was really interesting and enlightening, and also encouraging to see so many Western scholars discuss Islam in such positive and passionate terms.
The main point made by almost all scholars is that there is no such thing as “shari’ah”. Shari’ah contains contradictions, differences, etc because it is created by man and thus is not unified. This means that any country that wants to implement Shari’ah has to first choose what type they want to implement, and why. Moreover, whenever 2 Muslims say “shari’ah” they could mean completely different things.
Mir-Husseini, who is Iranian, has a very negative view of the implementation of sharia’h in Iran, where in effect it is used to control women and public morality. I completely agree with her that it seems that much of shari’ah is concerned with disciplining and controlling women and their sexuality, obviously since so many Muslim men are afraid of the “fitnah” women are capable of causing. I wonder why so much of the shari’ah focuses on this, since it is not the main point of the Qur’an nor the sunnah.
What do you guys think about that?
And who is following the World Cup? I’ve managed to watch lots of it so far, and it’s crazy that so many of the big teams are playing so bad. Holland is playing today, as well as Italy, so hopefully they’ll manage to stay in, unlike France. Who are you supporting??