In this Vol. 5 No. 4, October 2014 issue of Islam and Civilisational Renewal, the flagship journal of the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, we are pleased to present six papers, three Viewpoints, three Reports and a Book Review.
The selection begins with my "Separation of Power: An Islamic Perspective," where I explore what role - if any - the doctrine of the separation of powers can play and has played in an Islamic system of governance. A look at historical experience confirms that a functional line of division powers, resembling the modern doctrine of separation of powers, was practiced to a significant degree. While political leaders exercised executive power, judges enjoyed considerable independence in their judicial functions. Scholars, for their part, were entrusted with deriving the rulings of the Shariah from its recognised sources, in particular with the Qur'an and hadith.