Dream Palaces of Law: Western Constructions of the Muslim Legal World

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Haider Ala Hamoudi

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: July 4, 2009


Western distortions of the Muslim East nearly always take the same form, irrespective of who in the West is doing the distorting. One common theme can be generally gleaned from any projections of the Muslim East in the West, in any Western country, among nearly every community, including, and perhaps especially, our own academic community. This is the perception of the near ubiquitous role of Islam and, more germane to my remarks, Islamic law, of a historic, medieval kind, in governing the legal order of Muslim states, including Iraq, in a manner that can be entirely distorting. In these brief remarks, I hope first to expose this bias, and then to provide at least rudimentary ideas on how law, both Islamic and secular, in the Muslim world might better be studied and understood, particularly by comparatists.

Keywords: shari'a, Islamic law, Arab law

Suggested Citation

Hamoudi, Haider Ala, Dream Palaces of Law: Western Constructions of the Muslim Legal World (July 4, 2009). Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 32, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2289997

Haider Ala Hamoudi (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
412-624-1055 (Phone)

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