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Wilkinson, Matthew L. N. (2015) 'The Metaphysics of a Contemporary Islamic Shari'a: A MetaRealist Perspective.' Journal of Critical Realism, 14 (4). pp. 350-365.

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Abstract

The philosophy of metaReality and, in particular, ideas of transcendence can ‘underlabour’ for the re-enchantment of Islamic praxis, ethics and law by helping to uncover in a systematic, non-arbitrary way the spiritual objectives (maqāsid) inherent in the basic beliefs, practices and obligations of Islam. The commonly accepted elements of the Islamic legal pathway (Shari'a), such as the obligation of marriage, far from being inhibiting, can help humans access the dialectical pulse of freedom and the emancipatory meaning inherent tendentially in human relationships. Thus, the Islamic Shari'a, underlaboured by the philosophy of metaReality, rather than a symbol of legal backwardness and inflexibility, can be conducive once again to greater personal ontological wholeness and collective human flourishing.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: metaphysics, metaReality, Islam, Islamic law, Shari'a, maqasid ash-Shari'a, Islamic critical realism, human flourishing
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East > Centre of Islamic Studies
ISSN: 14767430
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1179/1476743015Z.00000000074
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 10:31
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21004

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