The Formation Of Islamic And Western Law

995 WordsApr 17, 20164 Pages
Islamic law, or Shariah, is legal system governing the members of the Islamic faith. The formation of Islamic and Western law has similar types of foundation structures that have supported what it is today. There are also many different ways people can interpret Shariah and apply it to modern society. Although there are strong influences that hinder the practice of Islamic law, abandoning the law is not the best solution to countries in turmoil. Islamic Law The formation of Islamic law is thought to have been started after the first three generations of Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632 AD. After Muhammad’s death, the Islamic community was faced with confusion and constitutional crisis. Mohammad’s predecessor, Abu Bakr, assumed the role of caliph, but only ruled for two years due to an assassination. His main focus was to bring the tribes back to Islam that had broke ties to Islam and Mohamad after his death. Succeeding Bakr’s reign was another companion of the prophet named Umar and under his caliphate expanded Islam at an unprecedented rate. The rapid expansion of territory unified the Arab culture, Islamic religion, and political aspects. This “melting pot” of private individuals brought legal concepts, and institutions that were familiar to the native cultures to help develop Islamic Law, or jurist law. The jurists could come together to implement a common law, since problems that were the same in nature, but located differently geographically, often had different
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