Kuran comments on what it means to live under sharia law

Timur Kuran, author of The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East, has been busy posting on his book’s Facebook page! His most recent posting commented on a leader in last week’s Economist about controversies regarding Sharia, the holy law of Islam.

Here’s an excerpt:
An observation of the leader is that few people know what the imposition of the sharia would mean for daily life. Indeed, to people whose knowledge of Islam comes from sensational headlines the sharia involves cutting hands and stoning. To many Islamists, it involves fair adjudication and submission to an inerrant divine code.

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  1. His work is quite interesting. I think i can discuss somewhat on his walls.