Non-Muslims in the Islamic Society - Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Title: Non-Muslims in the Islamic Society
Author: Sh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Publisher: American Trust Publications
Binding: Paperback, 60
Yusuf al-Qaradawi makes an in-depth study of the doctrinal position of Islam toward non-muslims in an Islamic state. But he does not exhaust himself on the expositions of the doctrine: he goes beyond its theoretical formulation, and views the doctrine in its historical context over the centuries. This is not only fair, but also in the best tradition of intellectual probity.
To him, doctrines, constitutions, and laws are held sacrosanct, and are sustained by the common will. That is why he sees the implementation of the Islamic law in the collective conscience of the Muslim people - a conscience shaped by their reverence of the Qur'an and of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace. Al-Qaradawi's treatment of the subject os scholarly, yet not pedantic. He discusses all of the issues at length, without encumbering the narrative flow. However, what authenticates him is his commitment to the truth. With the shari'ah as his grundschaft, and the practice of the Muslim people as his witness, he deftly rests his case with the tribunal of history. The end result is highly satisfying work.