Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law: Theory and Practice from the Sixteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 2006 - History
Rudolph Peters' book, first published in 2006, is about crimes and their punishments as laid down in Islamic law. In recent years some of the more fundamentalist regimes, such as those of Iran, Pakistan, Sudan and the northern states of Nigeria have reintroduced Islamic law in place of western criminal codes. Peters gives a detailed account of the classical doctrine and traces the enforcement of criminal law from the Ottoman period to the present day. The accounts of actual cases which range from theft, banditry, murder, fornication and apostasy shed light on the complexities of the law, and the sensitivity and perspicacity of the qadis who implemented it. This is the first single-authored account of both the theory and practice of Islamic criminal law. It will be invaluable for students, and scholars in the field, as well as for professionals looking for comprehensive coverage of the topic.

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Nice book

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

It's very helpful.


1 Introduction
2 The classical doctrine
the Ottoman Empire
4 The eclipse of Islamic criminal law
5 Islamic criminal law today
6 Conclusion
Glossary of technical terms
Suggestions for further reading

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Rudolf Peters is Professor of Islamic law at Amsterdam University. He has published extensively on modern Islam and Islamic law. His books include Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam (1996) and Sharia Criminal Law in Northern Nigeria (2003).

Bibliographic information