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The metaphysics of a contemporary Islamic Shari'a: a metaRealist perspective

Wilkinson, Matthew L. N. 2015. The metaphysics of a contemporary Islamic Shari'a: a metaRealist perspective. Journal of Critical Realism 14 (4) , pp. 350-365. 10.1179/1476743015Z.00000000074

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The philosophy of metaReality and, in particular, ideas of transcendence can ‘underlabour’ for the re-enchantment of Islamic praxis, ethics and law by helping to uncover in a systematic, non-arbitrary way the spiritual objectives (maqāsid) inherent in the basic beliefs, practices and obligations of Islam. The commonly accepted elements of the Islamic legal pathway (Shari'a), such as the obligation of marriage, far from being inhibiting, can help humans access the dialectical pulse of freedom and the emancipatory meaning inherent tendentially in human relationships. Thus, the Islamic Shari'a, underlaboured by the philosophy of metaReality, rather than a symbol of legal backwardness and inflexibility, can be conducive once again to greater personal ontological wholeness and collective human flourishing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1476-7430
Funders: Curriculum for Cohesion
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2022 11:00

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