Al-Islam.org provides a collection of resources related to the history, law, practice and society of the Islamic religion and Muslim peoples. It was created and is maintained by the non-profit organisation Ahlul Bayt Digital Islam Library Project (DILP). The library can be searched or browsed by topic and resource type. Select “Islamic Laws” on the home page to access the English version of Taudhihul Masae’l.
This page in the Religion section of the BBC web site has a short article on Sharia, with suggestions for further reading. After an introduction, and a section by Faraz Rabbani explaining the Islamic philosophy underpinning Sharia, Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood, a British Muslim, gives a personal view of some common questions.
The Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL), at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, promotes the study and understanding of Islamic law and modern Middle East legal systems. The site includes reading lists for the study of Islamic law and a list of publications which have resulted from CIMEL’s conferences and lecture series. Some documents are reproduced on the site. Also accessible here is information and materials relating to the ‘Honour Crimes’ Project (2000-2005), which was jointly co-ordinated by CIMEL and INTERIGHTS.
This section of the Legal Information Institute web site, produced by Cornell Law School, provides links to resources for Middle Eastern (predominantly Islamic) countries. Inccludes links to constitutions, Government sites and legislation where available.
A guide to Islamic Law (Sharia) resources on the internet, edited by Andrew Grossman, a member of the bar in both the UK and USA. The site gives details of various subjects (background, language, historical issues, Islamic law in western courts and public policy) and, where appropriate, links to – web sites, major documents, treaties and periodicals. This is an updated version, published on the LLRX.com web site August 2002.
“Irth” is an Arabic word meaning legacy. The site provides a program which calculates how estates should be divided up according to various Islamic juristic schools.