AbstractThis October 2015 edition of the flagship international journal of IAIS, Islam and Civilisational Renewal, contains five substantive Articles, as well as four Viewpoints, which stress on two significant fields – Law, both Shari’ah and modern law, and the field of Islamic banking and finance. This edition opens with my Focus article addressing the subject of “Amnesty and Pardon in Islamic Law with Special Reference to Post-Conflict Justice”. It reviews the merits of amnesty and reconciliation given the expansion of conflicts in the Muslim world following the September 2001 terror attacks and 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. The article draws insights from the Qur’an and Sunnah, as well as the principles of siyasah shar‘iyyah (shari‘ah-oriented policy). It is also supportive of ijtihad-oriented initiatives that seek the continuity of scriptural guidelines and their applications to changing societal conditions. Some deep questions are address such as how can people act with mercy and forgiveness when a crime has been committed against them? And who grants a pardon – the crime victim, his relatives, or the head of state?
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