What Is The Sharia Law


Gravitas Plus | The Taliban want to impose their version of the Sharia Law in Afghanistan. What is the Sharia? Why is it controversial? Why are Sharia laws different in different countries? WION’s Palki Sharma explains the history, interpretations & debates over the Sharia.

Sharia Law

Sharia is a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the hadith. The manner of its application in modern times has been a subject of dispute between Muslim fundamentalists and modernists.

In the modern era, traditional laws in the Muslim world have been widely replaced by statutes inspired by European models. While the constitutions of most Muslim-majority states contain references to Sharia. Legislators who codified these laws sought to modernize them without abandoning their foundations in traditional jurisprudence.

The Islamic revival of the late 20th century brought along calls by Islamism movements for full implementation of Sharia, including hudud corporal punishments, such as stoning. Classical jurisprudence was elaborated by private religious scholars, largely through legal opinions (fatwas) issued by qualified jurists (muftis).

The role of Sharia has become a contested topic around the world. Introduction of Sharia based laws sparked intercommunal violence in Nigeria and may have contributed to the breakup of Sudan.

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