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IU McKinney 3L Publishes Book on Islamic Law


The book, “Introduction to Islamic Law: Principles of Civil, Criminal, and International Law under the Shari’a” by Jonathan Burns, a third-year student at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, was just published by TellerBooks.

“The book is a basic and objective overview of the Islamic legal system,” says Burns, “which I learned about from my experiences interning in Saudi Arabia with the law firm Dentons.” The research he did for his law review Note on Islamic banking, which will be published in Banking & Finance Law Review in April 2014, also became part of the manuscript.

In addition, Burns learned about the subject of his book as a student in Adjunct Professor Mohamed Arafa’s class on Islamic law. Arafa reviewed the manuscript, Burns said, as well as wrote the foreword.

Islamic law, or Shari’a, is “an all-inclusive legal tradition that creates a seamless web reaching from the public sphere into the private sphere of life,” according to the description of the book on the publisher’s website. This means that Islamic law “recognizes no bifurcation between legislation and religion, no wall of separation between the mosque and the state, and no compartmentalization of morality, faith, and law.”

The book also is available on Amazon.

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