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Mustafa Hashmi



Within the context of a larger project, in this paper, we discuss one-to-one mapping of the Shari’ah normative concepts of wajib, haram, sunnah, etc., with conventional normative concepts of obligation, prohibition, and permission. The goal of the mapping to gaining a better understanding of the Shari’ah normative concepts and what deontic effects they generate when applied, and what consequences can be attained through the actions as compared to the Western normative concepts. Existing literature lacks such understanding of the correspondence between the two normative systems. The mapping shows conceptual overlapping between the concepts, yet the two types of systems should be separated from each other in terms of the philosophy, context, and the consequences of the Islamic normative systems as the expression of the divine will.

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