The Launch of ISMC’s New Book: What is the Sharia?

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May 10, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Islamic History / Studies, Human Rights, Humanities, Law and Legal History, Religious Studies and Theology


The Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations cordially invites you to the launch of ISMC's new book What is the Sharia? by Baudouin Dupret on Thursday 10 May 2018.

You are also invited to a reception after the talk.


There is no single academic work that asks what the sharia is at multiple levels – this essay is the first to fill that need. What is the Sharia? is an indispensable introduction to the evolution and implementation of Sharia law within the Muslim world.

In the West, ‘Sharia’ often calls to mind antiquated laws founded upon gender discrimination and barbaric punishments. In the East, for some it means the ideal standards by which Muslims strive to live; for others, it is the greatest obstacle to modernisation of their societies. These clashing views sometimes lead to violence. Clarification of the term has therefore become an urgent necessity. Moving through history, society and Islamic thought to explore the sources of Sharia law, Baudouin Dupret gets to the heart of its uses and abuses in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This short, accessible book provides an invaluable guide for those seeking to understand a matter more complex and pressing today than ever before.

‘Just when Western society — academia especially — looks to have surrendered to a convenient Sharia, Dupret ushers in an epistemological unravelling of the concept. Dupret points to the fallacies of “Islamism” and confronts the ideological realities born out of the Arab Spring. Required reading.’

— Malik R. Dahlan, Professor of International Law and Public Policy, Queen Mary University of London, and author of The Hejaz: The First Islamic State

The book is published in association with Hurst Publishers, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture.

Available now with 25% off. Use code: BDU2938 


Baudouin Dupret is educated in Law, Islamic Studies and Political Science and spent many years as a CNRS researcher in Egypt, Syria and Morocco. He has published extensively on the sociology and anthropology of law, and on legislation in the Middle East and North Africa, including the co-authored Law at Work


Time and Venue
Thursday 10 May 2018, 18.00 - 19.30
The Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
210 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DA (Room 2.3, 2nd floor)

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Contact Info: 

Layal Mohammad

Coordinator, Marketing, Communications and Professional Programmes
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (ISMC)
Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom

210 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DA

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