« Student Blogger - #dgemw Blog: Kinship and Civic Myths | Main | Civil Unions: Making Religious Exemptions Work »

May 08, 2009


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Student Blogger - #dgemw Blog: Akbar Ganji’s Keynote Address:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Uzair Kayani

This was an excellent conference.

I still think that it is incorrect to call purported scholars of Islamic law "clerics"; they have no religious authority. As best I can tell, the notion of an Islamic clergy is a hoax, or maybe an unfortunate transplant.

Also, "shari'a" and "fiqh" do not appear to be divinely ordained. They were created incrementally through analogical reasoning by a conservative judiciary over several centuries, almost exactly like the common law. This is why some people think that the common law has some Islamic roots. See, for example, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia#Comparisons_with_common_law.

The common law analogy is a good one, I think. Remember that most of the progressive leaps that we prize today came from outside the common law- through revolutions, statutes, constitutions, and treatises. The common law itself is not revolutionary. Shari'a and fiqh can be understood the same way. Systems of incremental, top-down lawmaking are inherently conservative. This affair is really not as exotic as it appears.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.