16 March 2008

concerning shariah

After the controversy that swirled around Archbishop Rowan William's remarks concerning Islamic shariah, Noah Feldman's NYT article "Why Shariah?" might prove illuminating.

Feldman is a professor of law at Harvard University and his article tries to move our understanding beyond modern Western stereotypes to a more historically informed consideration of Islamic notions and practices of law. I suspect those who are familiar with medieval natural law traditions will find some interesting analogies with shariah, despite profound differences.