Sadakat Kadri

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Sadakat Kadri is a barrister and writer. His last book, The Trial: A History, from Socrates to O.J. Simpson, was a narrative history of the theory and practice of several thousand years of Western criminal jurisprudence and was shortlisted by the Crime Writers’ Association for a 2005 Gold Dagger Award for Non-Fiction. His guidebook to Prague won a Spectator/Shiva Naipaul travel writing prize.

His forthcoming Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law is the product of three years’ research, including five months on the road, and tackles one of the most contentious but least understood of all legal subjects: the origins, development and operation of Islamic ideas of justice. At a time of European veil bans and attempts in the United States to declare the shari’a unconstitutional, Sadakat confronts tough questions about politicised Islam, taking a constructive and balanced approach rather than a polemical one, to challenge religious extremism, but also cut Western anti-Muslim panic down to size.

Sadakat has contributed to various publications, including the Guardian and the London Review of Books.

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