INTRODUCTION: The islamic revival has been gathering momentum for more than two decades now.
GV INTERIOR Iranian, Saudi and other delegates seated at conference
SV ZOOM INTO CU Asadullah Khan of Pakistan speaking in English
CU delegates listening
SV Iranian delegate ayatollah Mohammad Kashani speaking in Farsi
SV ZOOM INTO CU Delegates form Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah seated listening
SCU Sheikh Mohammad Alawi Malki of Saudi Arabia speaking in Arabic
SV Delegates form Comoro Islands and Iran seated listening (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The islamic revival has been gathering momentum for more than two decades now. In many areas it coincide with modernisation, which brought about unexpected and undesired side effects. the need for some permanent consensus of interpretation of Islamic law was approved at the 12th Islamic Foreign Ministers' conference in October 1979. Last Saturday (12 April) Islamic legal experts from eight member states of the Islamic Conference Organisation wound up the recent session in Islamabad, Pakistan, to draft a plan for a permanent International Law Commission.
The Iranian coincided with a widespread resurgence of islamic values in countries with large Moslem populations.
Asadullah Kahn of the pakistan Law ministry summed up the work done at the session. pakistani President Zia ul-Haq has been accused of exploiting Islam to further code and lawyers complain of three parallel legal systems.
But the confusing system in Pakistan of Islamic or Shari'at courts. military tribunals and civil courts do not exist in Iran. The sudden revolution in ayatollah Mohammad Kashani's Iran reinstated the firm code of law set down more than 1,000 years ago to get the lawless tribes of Arabia under control.
Libya, like Algeria is a country trying to blend socialism and Islam. It was among the first to hail Iran's Islamic revolution but has not implemented Koranic law in all its rigour.
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Sheikhdom represent the most conservative part of the Islamic world. Saudi Arabia shows the least inclination for flexibility or accommodation to western influences, which many Moslems say are corruption Islamic society. Sheikh Mohammad Alawi Malki stressed that Islam is not just a religion, but a whole way of life, guiding the believer from the cradle to the grave.
The task is arduous -- to reach a consensus affecting Islam's estimated 7500 million adherents who range from African tribesmen to international businessmen.