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Dream Palaces Of Law: Western Constructions Of The Muslim Legal World, Haider Ala Hamoudi Jan 2009

Dream Palaces Of Law: Western Constructions Of The Muslim Legal World, Haider Ala Hamoudi

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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 …