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Unit 4.5

The Shari'a

What is the Shari'a?

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Learners should have the opportunity to discuss issues related to the Shari’a, including:

• the centrality of the Shari’a and Islamic law in the daily practice of Muslims
• the difference between the Shari’a as an ideal and Islamic law in practice
• how the limits of human interpretation of the Shari’a may lead to tolerance of diversity within Muslim practice
• Islamic law as an ongoing interpretive effort and its application to new problems in
Muslim living

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