Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law is an enlightening critique on the Islamic laws. It is a well researched compilation of the Islamic jurisprudence that has evolved since the seventh century.
Sadakat Kadri begins the book by narrating about the battle that starts after the death of Muhammad in 632. It highlights the rise of the Islamic empire and provides a lively intellectual history of Islam. The book is a must read for all as it introduces the reader to the age old esoteric debate of the 9th century between the rationalists and the traditionalists.
However, Kadri writes in the prologue of this book itself that "it [his book] does not intend at any point to challenge the sacred stature of the Prophet Muhammad, the self-evident appeal of Islam, or the almightiness of God." Hence, this book is a carefully researched and written for better understanding of the way the Muslim law evolved through the centuries and is not against the religion.
This book explains how the body of law developed alongside various strains of the Islamic thoughts. The author writes. "Islamic jurisprudence has not spent the past 1,400 years opposed to change; it has been defined by it."
The author has travelled to all the Islamic nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Pakistan, India and many more to research on the Islamic laws. Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law is hence a unique book that consists of interviews, anecdotes, personal reflection and analysis that throws light upon the crimes and punishments of the Islamic laws.
Read this book to get a broader picture of the crimes and punishments under the Islamic laws. This book is available easily on e-commerce store such as infibeam.com, one of the best sites for online purchasing of books.
Sadakat Kadri is a lawyer, travel writer, journalist and author of books such as Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law & The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O. J. Simpson. He was born in London in 1964 to a Finnish mother and a Pakistani father. He is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and also does legal work like helping in writing reports for International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). He also writes articles for the British current affairs magazine called New Statesman.
By:- Krishna Jani