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Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning

Encountering Our Legal Other

Anver Emon



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Oneworld Publications
25 May 2016
By pairing a scholar of Islamic law with a scholar of Jewish law, a unique dynamic is created, and new perspectives are made possible. These new perspectives not only enable an understanding of the other's legal tradition, but most saliently, they offer new insights into one's own legal tradition, shedding light on what had previously been assumed to be outside the scope of analytic vision.

In the course of this volume, scholars come together to examine such issues as judicial authority, the legal policing of female sexuality, and the status of those who stand outside one's own tradition. Whether for the pursuit of advanced scholarship, pedagogic innovation in the classroom, or simply a greater appreciation of how to live in a multi-faith, post-secular world, these encounters are richly-stimulating, demonstrating how legal tradition can be used as a common site for developing discussions and opening up diverse approaches to questions about law, politics, and community. Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning offers a truly incisive model for considering the good, the right and the legal in our societies today.
Imprint:   Oneworld Publications
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 146mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781780748801
ISBN 10:   1780748809
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning-Beginnings (Anver M. Emon and Robert Gibbs) On Reading Together Formation of a Reading Practice From Reading Together to Writing Together PART I 1 Assuming Power: Judges, Imagined Authority, and the Quotidian (Rumee Ahmed and Aryeh Cohen) Introduction Rumee Ahmed Aryeh Cohen Rumee Ahmed Aryeh Cohen: Coda Conclusion 2 Guardianship of Women in Islamic and Jewish Legal Texts (Rachel Adler and Ayesha S. Chaudhry) Introduction Reading an Islamic Legal Text Together Reading a Jewish Legal Text Together Further Reflections: Rachel Adler Comparative Reflections: Ayesha S. Chaudhry Conclusion 3 The Cowering Calf and the Thirsty Dog: Narrating and Legislating Kindness to Animals in Jewish and Islamic Texts (Beth Berkowitz and Marion Katz) Introduction Dialogue 1: Legal Obligations toward Animals Dialogue 2: Compassion toward Animals Conclusion 4 Policing Women: Virginity Checkers and the Sotah Ordeal as Sites of Women's Agency (Ayesha S. Chaudhry and Shari Golberg) Women Policing Women: From Montreal to Jerusalem The Hidaya: Testimony in Cases of Zina Mishnah Sotah: Testimony in the Case of Suspected Adultery The Adulteress vs. the Adulterer Conclusion 5 Sovereignty, Law, and the Pedagogy of Historical Fantasy: On the Halakha on the Laws of War and the Fiqh on Dhimmis (Arye Edrei and Anver M. Emon) Introduction Early Rabbinic and Islamic Legal Trajectories Inverting the Political Form Conclusion PART II 6 Cross-Textual Reflections on Tradition, Reason, and Authority (Adam B. Seligman) Introduction: Tradition and Reason Tradition and Dialogue Authority and Religion 7 The Social Life of Reason (Robert Gibbs) A Philosophical Framework Philosophical Questions List of Contributors Index

Dr. Anver M. Emon is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law at the University of Toronto.

Reviews for Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning: Encountering Our Legal Other

'A wonderfully engaging conversation about the meaning, value, and possible revision of legal traditions.' -- Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 'A revelatory exploration of faith traditions in deep dialogue with one another. Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning offers a model of reciprocal conversation at a time when it is too often in short supply.' -- Dr. Seth Anziska, Lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations, University College London 'Anver Emon and Robert Gibbs are among the very best scholars of their generation on (respectively) Islamic and Jewish legal reasoning. This volume is a treasure, bringing their work into conversation with other notable scholars, helping us to better understand our shared heritage.' -- Amir Hussain, Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University 'Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning is a series of thoughtful scholarly essays in which recognition of differences becomes the starting point for mutual understanding. The essays introduce the reader to pairs of outstanding scholars who reflect together on legal questions regarding animals, sovereignty, the status of women, and other issues. Their conversations provide a wealth of detail on these two important traditions, and they remind us again that to know our own law and culture, we must first understand the questions others raise about them.' -- Robin W. Lovin, William H. Scheide Senior Fellow in Theology, Center of Theological Inquiry 'Islamic and Jewish Legal Reasoning is daring and innovative. The book is a conversation among scholars of law and religion in these two great traditions, based on intensive collective readings of and reflections on each other's key texts, specifically concerning the role of reason and authority in determining law. The result is a fascinating and highly readable account of this dialogue.' -- Ziba Mir-Hosseini, SOAS, University of London

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