Shari’ah – What everyone needs to know



By John L. Esposito and Natana J. DeLong-Bas


In Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know®, John Esposito and Natana DeLong-Bas offer an accessible and thorough guide to this little-understood, but often caricatured system. By answering the questions that so many people have about Shariah and its role in Muslim life, this book makes an invaluable contribution to the crucial task of fostering mutual understanding in our globalizing, pluralistic societies.


Unlike the Charlie-Hebdo and the kosher store attacks in January 2015, the perpetrators this time targeted public places, chosen not for their symbolic character, but ordinary people out on a Friday night. The intent: to inflict maximum casualties and victims as well as disrupting ordinary life. Sadly, the perpetrators were largely successful.


John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. His more than 50 books include What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, The Future of Islam, and Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think . His writings have been translated into more than 40 languages.


Natana J. DeLong-Bas is the author of Islam: A Living Faith, Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad, and Notable Muslims: Muslim Builders of World Civilization and Culture. She is Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. DeLong- Bas teaches Theology and Islamic Civilizations and Societies at Boston College.


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