Dar Al-Islam Meets 'Islam as Civilization'

4 UCLA J. Islamic & Near E. L. 143 (2004)

22 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2014 Last revised: 10 Dec 2014

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Khaled Beydoun

University of Arkansas - School of Law

Date Written: November 26, 2014

Abstract

This article counters scholarly and popular assessments that mis-illustrate Islam as a monolith. By highlighting the diverse, distinct and oft conflicting legal schools of thought within Islam, sweeping classifications that reduce Islam into one consolidated “civilization” or “people” are disproved and demystified. In addition to illustrating this milieu of legal traditions, this article also critiques the contention that Islam is a monolith by surveying a number of sectarian and political contestations among Muslims. In conclusion, demonstrating that division and stratification among Muslims precludes the possibility of a unified Muslim monolith, movement, or civilization.

Suggested Citation

Beydoun, Khaled, Dar Al-Islam Meets 'Islam as Civilization' (November 26, 2014). 4 UCLA J. Islamic & Near E. L. 143 (2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2530848

Khaled Beydoun (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas - School of Law ( email )

260 Waterman Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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