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The Application of Islamic Criminal Law in Pakistan. Sharia in Practice


Author: Tahir Wasti
Publisher: Brill
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Pages: 408
ISBN: 9789004172258
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No legal system in the world has aroused as much public interest as Sharia. However, the discourse around Sharia law is largely focused on its development and the theories, principles and rules that inform it. Less attention has been given to studying the consequences of its operation, particularly in the area of Islamic criminal law. Even fewer studies explore the actual practice of Islamic criminal law in contemporary societies. This book aims to fill these gaps in our understanding of Sharia law in practice. It deals specifically with the consequences of enforcing Islamic criminal law in Pakistan, providing an in-depth and critical analysis of the application of the Islamic law of Qisas and Diyat (retribution and blood money) in the Muslim world today. The empirical evidence adduced more broadly demonstrates the complications of applying traditional Sharia in a modern state.

Table of contents

Introduction Islamic Law in Practice: The Application of Qisas and Diyat Law in Pakistan Chapter One The Study 

Chapter Two Legal and Theoretical Foundation of the Qisas and Diyat Law in Pakistan 

Chapter Three The Evolution of the Qisas and Diyat Law in Pakistan: A Brief History   

Chapter Four Assembly Debates on the Law of Murder and Homicide, 1981-97 

Chapter Five The New Law and Judiciary 

Chapter Six Impact of Qisas and Diyat Law on the Administration of Criminal Justice in Pakistan 

Chapter Seven Conclusion 

Appendix A: Chronology of Events  

Appendix B: Draft Ordinance 

Appendix C: The Ordinance 1990  

Appendix D: The Act of 1997   

Appendix E: Tables of the Ten Districts'Police Records  

Appendix F: Tables of the Ten Districts'Sessions Courts'Records   

Appendix G: Homicide Rate of Pakistan 

Appendix H: Questionnaire 

Appendix I: List of Cases   

Appendix J: List of Statutes   Bibliography