I’m delighted to write that The Rule of the Clan has received a marvelous new jacket endorsement. It comes from Abdullah Saeed, the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. Prof. Saeed calls the book:
“A must read for anyone interested in understanding the complex relation between tribal identity, law, and custom, in seeking common ground between the Western and Islamic legal and political traditions, and in connecting the past to present in the service of legal reform.”
I deeply admire Prof. Saeed’s writings about Islamic thought, especially those that nurture modes of Qur’anic interpretation that are sensitive to the interplay between text and context. I also greatly respect not only his active engagement as a scholar with contemporary social and political questions but also the profound kindness and thoughtfulness of his manner whenever he does so. He’s a model to which aspire, and I’m so pleased by his kind words.