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Noah R. Feldman, Shari'a and Islamic Democracy in the Age of Al-Jazeera, in Shari'a: Islamic Law in the Contemporary Context 104 (Abbas Amanat & Frank Griffel eds., 2007).

Abstract: This volume presents ten leading scholars' writings on contemporary Islamic law and Muslim thought. The essays examine a range of issues, from modern Muslim discourses on justice, natural law, and the common good, to democracy, the social contract, and "the authority of the preeminent jurist." Changes in how Shari'a has been understood over the centuries are explored, as well as how it has been applied in both Sunni and Shi'i Islam.