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Background: Dr. Muḥammad Saʿīd al-ʿAshmāwī (1932 – 7.11.2013) was an Egyptian Supreme Court judge and former head of the Court of State Security. He was a specialist in comparative and Islamic Law at Cairo University and is often described as “one of the most influential liberal Islamic thinkers...
This review, in the context of ramifications from the culture minister’s controversial statements on the Ḥijāb, discusses various opinions on whether the Ḥijāb is a religious obligation and how such controversial discussions should be tackled by society, religious and political bodies...
Reforming the religious discourse is a must. Reforming Islamic jurisprudence requires interpretation based on reason not the text, and modernization not traditional ways, so that jurisprudents and Islamic scholars can find in Islam new rules and modern principles to motivate the reason and inspire...
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