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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which discusses the exploration of the Islamisation of Pakistan's legal system. The book focuses on the role of Islamic law in the legal system as a whole. The central thesis is that the Islamisation of laws in Pakistan has been primarily a judge-led process, which was initiated to enhance the power of the judiciary and to expand the scope of constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights. The book shows that the role of judges in the Islamisation of the legal system has been largely obscured by the more visible manifestations of Islamisation, namely the promulgation of the infamous Hudood Ordinances and other isolated pieces of Islamic legislation, such as, for instance, the Enforcement of Shari'ah Act 1991. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized.

Keywords: Islamisation; Pakistan's legal system; Shari'ah Act 1991



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