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And God Knows The Soldiers » (1st Edition)

Book cover image of And God Knows The Soldiers by Khaled Abou El Fadl

Authors: Khaled Abou El Fadl
ISBN-13: 9780761820840, ISBN-10: 0761820841
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University Press of America
Date Published: September 2001
Edition: 1st Edition

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Author Biography: Khaled Abou El Fadl

Book Synopsis

The refusal of a Muslim basketball player to stand for the US national anthem in 1996, and the ensuing Islamophobic outcry, sparked Abou El Fadl (law, U. of California-Los Angeles) to write his historical and philosophical treatise, published in 1997 and subsequently in both English and Arabic. It has generated little attention but much controversy, especially among Muslims. It is enlarged here.

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Table of Contents

IThe Short Legacy of a Short Book: Justification and Confession1
IIThe Problem of Authority: An Anecdotal Experience23
IIIThe Text and Authority: A Case Study37
IVThe Case Study: The Fatwa43
VThe Construction of the Authoritarian83
VIPublication Afterthoughts93
Authority and the Determination of Meaning: One God, One Book, and One Meaning94
Choosing a Case Study: Pick on Someone Your Own Size101
Raising the Bar: Are We Going to Need a Jurist to Go to the Toilet?105
The Modern Dynamics and the Islamic Legal Tradition108
Lecherous Suspicions: Do You Dare Question the Hijab?121
Is Morality a Bad Word?138
Glossary of Terms159
Works Cited175