Essay about The Gap Between The Western World And Islam

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While Sharia is generally thought to be a set of unchanging beliefs and principles and seen as a legal code, it is important to note that it is more so a moral code that is not unchangeable and unable to adapt with time and place. Moreover, for Sharia to continue to be a defining element of Islamic society, it needs to be contextualised so as to suit modern circumstances. This idea that Sharia is static, unchangeable, and unable to adapt to time and place, is a highly Westernised view. For this reason, it is important to bridge the gap between the Western world and Islam.
The primary source of Islamic law is the Quran, however the Quran only provides 350 legal verses, which is tiny compared to the 6000 verses that make up the Quran. It is important for both the Quran and Sharia to be contextualised to continue to be of relevance within the changing Muslim world. As Rane (2010, pp.97) puts it,
“Sharia is not a divine revelation, but is the product of human interpretation of sources that Muslim regard as divine…if Sharia is to be relevant to the modern and the modern world, the process of development and interpretation must continue”.
There have been many contemporary Muslim scholars, as well as Muslim political leaders, that also argue for this reforming of Islamic law.
Fazlur Rahman (1984, pp.3) is one of these contemporary Muslim scholars, and he argues that one of the major problems with the classical approach to Sharia, is that the “laws were often derived from (Quranic)…

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