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Interview with Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee on Islam, Sharia and Alternative Dispute Resolution

4th October 2013
In this interview Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee elaborates on the approaches of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in terms of their role in legal systems, and their interaction with shari‘a in several countries.
Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee’s book, “Islam, Shariainfo-icon and Alternative Dispute Resolution” examines both Sunni and Shi‘ainfo-icon applications of Islamic law, demonstrating how political, cultural and other factors have influenced the practice of fiqhinfo-icon and shari‘ainfo-icon in the West. Exploring in particular the modern development of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the author shows that this process can revitalise some of the essential principles that underlie Muslim teachings and jurisprudence, delivering not only formal remedies but also perceived justice, even to non-Muslims.

In the interview carried out by The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee explains Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in more detail including its role in the legal system of most countries, the meaning and impact of shari‘a, and the various approaches to mediation. The interview concludes with the author’s comments on the contribution his books makes on the subject of ADR.

The questions answered by Dr. Keshavjee are presented below:

1. What does the book tell us about Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?

2. What is ADR and what roles does it play in relation to the legal system present in most countries today?

3. What is shari‘a?

4. What are the different dispute resolution purposes within ADR?

5. Mediation seems to be a preferred approach, but are there any negatives to this approach?

6. What are the approaches to training has the author been involved with?

7. What contribution does the book make on the subject of ADR?