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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Vote Omar for grand poobah of the blogosphere!

Yesterday, the Shotgun's newest blogger Omar formally introduced himself. He attracted the attention of the editors because of his blog Abu Hatem, one of the brightest spots in the traditional conservative blogosphere with a unique perspective: one firmly grounded in the traditions of Islamic natural law and American constitutionalism; I've been a longtime reader and sometimes correspondent and I'm so pleased to welcome him here.

Now Omar has been nominated for a $10,000 College Scholarship for his blogging and he needs votes to win. He's behind in the early voting, but the polls don't close until next Monday and I think The Shotgun readers can help push him over the edge. Go help out a friend of liberty in Canada by voting here for 'Omar'.

Posted by Kalim Kassam on November 11, 2008 in Western Standard | Permalink


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Just a question: What exactly is Islamic natural law? How is it different from Sharia? Or is it? Thanks,

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-11-11 1:48:56 PM

I just gave Omar my vote and hope many others will do the same. Getting a scholarship as this is important, so please give this young man your vote.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-11 6:31:02 PM

Islamic natural law...sharia law...anyone? anyone? Bueller?

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-11-13 7:06:48 PM


I'm certainly not the right person to give any sort of adequate response to your question, but in response to an inquiry of mine about Islamic natural law, Omar has noted that most of the writing is in Arabic and referred me the chapter on Ethics in Tim Winter's 'The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology'. I haven't yet had a chance to read it, but large portions are available on google books here: http://books.google.com/books?id=J5QKXdAMHvcC&pg=PA161

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-11-13 8:53:51 PM

Thanks Kalim.

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-11-13 9:13:33 PM

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