The World of Fatwas provides a new prism to non-Muslims for observing Islam, and holds up a mirror to Muslims, challenging them to necessary introspection for adjusting to a changing world J.N. Dixit, diplomat and former Indian Foreign Secretary, of Outlook.
Why are women the greatest affliction? Why is slaughtering cows seen as a great Islamic act when the Quran does not even mention it? Why must believers put down non-believers?
In this meticulously researched book, Arun Shourie looks at the social, religious and political contexts of fatwas down the ages. With a mountain of fatwas as his text, he shows us the Shariah in action; he unravels the history of fatwas, and the implications that a faithful, dogmatic adherence to these Islamic decrees holds for the believer. And hence for the non-believers.
First published in 1995, this revised, up-to-date and expanded edition provides both Muslims and non-Muslims alike an even more clear-eyed look at the controversial world of fatwas.
About the Author
Scholar, author, former editor and minister, Arun Shourie is one of the most prominent voices in our country’s public life and discourse.