". . .God's law (Shari'a) is about a process, methodology and morality. At the core of this morality is the value of Beauty...I believe that the core and kernel of Islam is the search for beauty -- the search for God's inexhaustible beauty and the beauty of God's creation. The search for God's law must attempt to pursue, express, promote, and re-create God's beauty..."
KHALED ABOU EL FADL
The Search for Beauty in Islam: A Conference of the Books
"As Donald Trump speaks about his plans to combat terrorism, we wanted to take a look at two words you'll probably hear: Sharia law. It's become so scary to many Americans that lawmakers in some states have tried to pass laws banning it."
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson gets a crash course in sharia law from Khaled Abou El Fadl, a law professor at UCLA.
"The law plays a central role in Islam and yet, the law is also the least understood aspect of the Islamic faith by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
"In the West, for example, some even go as far as thinking that a Muslim who believes in Shari'a law is by definition a fanatic or fundamentalist. Yet to accuse every Muslim who believes in Islamic law of fanaticism is akin to accusing every Jew who believes in Rabbinic or Talmudic law to be a fanatic as well..."
What is Shari‘ah?
Although, both in Western and native discourses, it is common to use Shari‘ah (also commonly spelled Shari‘a or Shari‘at) interchangeably with Islamic law, Shari‘ah is a much broader term. Shari’ah is a rather fungible term in that it can mean different things depending on the context. So, for instance, al-Shari‘ah al-Yahudiyya means Jewish law, Shari‘at Musa means the laws of Moses, and Shari‘at al-Masih means the way of Jesus or the path of Jesus. Shari‘at Muhammad, depending on the usage, could mean the Sunna or tradition of Muhammad or Muhammad’s way of life, but the expression would not be used to refer to Islamic jurisprudence or law..." (from Reasoning with God)