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Religious Pluralism and Islamic Law: Dhimmis and Others in the Empire of Law

Anver M. Emon


This book problematizes tolerance as a conceptually helpful or coherent concept for understanding the significance of the dhimmī rules, the Islamic legal doctrines that governed and regulated non-Muslim permanent residents in Islamic lands. In doing so, it suggests that the Islamic legal treatment of non-Muslims is symptomatic of the more general challenge of governing a diverse polity. Far from being constitutive of an Islamic ethos, the dhimmī rules are symptomatic of the messy business of ordering and regulating a diverse society. This understanding of the dhimmī rules allows us to view the ... More

Keywords: Islamic law, tolerance, Rule of Law, dhimmīs, pluralism, non-Muslims, empire, governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199661633
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661633.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anver M. Emon, author
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto