Noah Feldman

Noah Feldman

Noah Feldman is a contributing writer for The New York Times magazine. He is a law professor at Harvard University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Noah Feldman is the author of After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy and The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State.

17 March 2008

In fact, for most of its history, Islamic law offered the most liberal and humane legal principles available anywhere in the world. Today, when we invoke the harsh punishments prescribed by Shariah for a handful of offenses, we rarely acknowledge the high standards of proof necessary for their implementation. Before an adultery conviction can typically be obtained, for example, the accused must confess four times or four adult male witnesses […]