This handbook is a detailed reference source comprising original articles covering the origins, history, theory and practice of Islamic law. The handbook starts out by dealing with the question of what type of law is Islamic law and includes a critical analysis of the pedagogical approaches to studying and analysing Islamic law as a discipline. The handbook covers a broad range of issues, including the role of ethics in Islamic jurisprudence, the mechanics and processes of interpretation, the purposes and objectives of Islamic law, constitutional law and secularism, gender, bioethics, Muslim minorities in the West, jihad and terrorism. Previous publications on this topic have approached Islamic law from a variety of disciplinary and pedagogical perspectives. One of the original features of this handbook is that it treats Islamic law as a legal discipline by taking into account the historical functions and processes of legal cultures and the patterns of legal thought. With contributions from a selection of highly regarded and leading scholars in this field, the Routledge Handbook of Islamic Law is an essential resource for students and scholars who are interested in the field of Islamic Law.
Far from being a utopia of material prosperity, the millenium of the Book of Revelation is God's response to the cry of those who suffer for their faith. St John's concern for the martyrs embraces all who are unjustly treated. It springs from his attack on the ideology underpinning the Roman Empire and the alternative world order he offers. Dr McKelvey shows that Revelation is essential reading for those who are concerned about the idolatories of the modern world and today's victims of oppressive systems and regimes. There is nothing here for those who seek to set the doomsday clock, but plenty to make us question the prevailing culture in the name of God's justice and truth and to reject the fatalism that assumes that nothing can change. The book demonstrates that far from being an isolated reference, the millenium is integral to the whole of Revelation.