Year 2003, Volume 3 , Issue 2, Pages 59 - 82 2003-10-01


Nihat DALGIN [1]

Since social changes are inevitable, social institutions should also welcome the changes. Law as a sosical institution should have the means of changes. Islamic law employs revelation as a source and the other sources derived by human being as well. Social structure and revelation have important roles in the formation of Islamic law.Throughout the history, Islamic law has effected social structure and vice versa. Therefore, the interaction between Islamic law and social change keeps a close and dynamic relationship. The Quran and Sunna (tradition of the prophet) as the revelation sources have no statements which hinder economical and technical developments in a society. The fact that Islamic law tries to stop harmful social changes has been mistakenly interpreted; and the opinion that Islamic law has no permission and tolerance to any kind of changes is deliberately pronounced by which public opinion has been misleaded.In the period after revelation, structures of Islamic socities living in different parts of the world have played important role in the formation of Islamic law and the statements of law. In this period, statements and/or law according to social changes had been enacted so as to give chances to the changes and not to lag behind social changes. The statements about any subjects which might lead to social distabilization had been altered. In addition, when individuals can be vulnerable to harmful codes of practice through the imposes of social changes and opposition to those changes; in some cases the statements which were described by the Quran and Sunna as a tradition or the statements - to be obeyed - produced by Islamic scholars' interpretation have been subject to tolerance. In Islamic socities, a lot of changes have been observed as a result of practice and advises on law, morality, prayer, and belief. Islam has succesfully played a significant role in social changes. This success mainly depends on the facts that Islam has conveyed proper messages to human being, and has never ignored social demands, and has closely followed social changes, and has employed belief, morality and law as a whole in order to reach the aim.
Other ID JA96DA43FP
Journal Section Research Article

Author: Nihat DALGIN
Institution: On Dokuz Mays Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi


Publication Date : October 1, 2003

ISNAD Dalgın, Nihat . "SOCIAL CHANGES AND ISLAMIC LAW". Marife Dini Araştırmalar Dergisi 3 / 2 (October 2003): 59-82 .