Forensic Psychiatry in Islamic Jurisprudence,
*[A5] Paperback - 213 pages,
by Kutaiba S. Chaleby,
Published by International Inst. of Islamic Thought.
The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) is pleased to present this pioneering work which explores new ideas and thoughts in the field of forensic psychiatry from an Islamic perspective.
The author, Dr. Kutaiba S. Chaleby, specialises in forensic psychiatry and has a wide and extensive knowledge of the subject-area which he combines with accessibility to the Shariah. His long experience at psychiatric centres (especially fourteen years as head of the section of Psychiatry at King Faisal Hospital), together with the various teaching posts he has held in both Muslim and non-Muslim countries including Louisiana University in the States and his work at a number of centers and hospitals in the West, has provided him with the necessary tools to demonstrate how contemporary forensic psychiatry relates to Shariah. He successfully shows that some of the major issues and concerns of forensic psychiatry have already been tackled with a great deal of sophistication and precision by Muslim scholars in the past.
Indeed this is the first book in the field of forensic psychiatry which seeks to focus on the application of psychiatry to legal issues connected with Islamic Jurisprudence. Holding a unique position amongst the world’s religions in its containment of every aspect of human existence, it is openly natural for Islam to govern both the spiritual and legislative aspects of life. It is therefore not surprising that one of the most important conclusions drawn by the study is the ability of Islamic jurisprudence to cover almost every issue raised in the field of forensic psychiatry.
The range of interpretations encompassing these issues is so wide that a match for many aspects of different secular laws can be found in at least one of the four schools of thought. This gives contemporary psychiatry in any Islamic country a broad spectrum of tools to work with, enabling the utilisation of options specific to particular societal and cultural norms. This book will appeal to both the general as well as the academic reader drawing important and wide-ranging conclusions relevant for many individuals and societies in the Islamic world.
*Dimensions: 23 x 15.7 cm.