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Ways to Minimize the Challenge between Islamic Law and Modernity

By: Meysam Kohantorabi  

Modernity does not merely mean the technology appearance, but it has made a new human with new demands. These new demands made a new problem for religion in the modern world. This challenge is most common in the field of jurisprudence and Islamic law. There are two basic perspectives on this issue. Some believe that should stand up to modernity and fully adhere to Islamic law, and some believe that religion and jurisprudence are not able to confront with modernity and should be abandoned. The hypothesis of this paper provides a solution for adaptation between religion and modernity. It should be noted that legal rulings are issued in a historical context and can be changed by changing the history of law. Another important point is permanent measure the law by religious ethics. If ethics are based and law are determined on the basis of it, many religious problems will be resolved with modernity. This does not mean that achievement of modernity must be correct and must be accepted. But what is accepted by reason and ethics cannot be ignored. The third point is that Islamic jurisprudential rulings should not be regarded as completely sacred and God's view, because it is human action and can be changed. Reviewing the jurisprudential rulings and considering the historical conditions by referring to the rational ethics can return calm to the religion and minimize the challenges. The realization of this will reduce religion's challenge with modernity and modern man with religion.

Islamic Law, Modernity
The Politics of Religion
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session



Meysam Kohantorabi

Assistant Professor, Jurisprudence and Islamic Law, Bozorgmehr University of Qaenat