Sharia Law and Muslim Legal Mythology

Opening Lecture of a workshop on Law, Religion and Social Order
Robert Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies, University of Exeter

This lecture by Professor Robert Gleave addresses one of the central reasons for the controversy surrounding Sharia – that, since it is conceived as the rule of God, it is inherently unknowable, and therefore open to competing interpretations by Western commentators and Muslim jurists alike.
In a wide-ranging discussion of the implications of the different interpretations of Sharia, he forecasts the likely rise of Islamic law in a post-Assad, rebel-held Syrian state, and comments on the debate concerning the legal status of Sharia in the UK.