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Hammer versus Screw driver

Reader comment on item: [Paul H. Robinson:] U Penn Prof for Shari'a

Submitted by mark neiberg (United States), Jul 26, 2004 at 09:50

Dr. Pipes,
I think I understand what you are saying but not exactly certain. Do you mean that by having the Shari'a as the foundation for the Maldives criminal code, the code will not be fundamentally fair as we in the west understand fundamental fairness? I wonder if Professor Robinson would open the project up on the web and allow the world in general to comment on the various student productions of a new criminal code. Lawyers like many professions are like hammers, they view the world as a nail when many times the world is a screw and needs a different kind of tool to fix a problem. The opening of the law class project to the internet world would allow a philosophical debate and possibly show the hammers that a screw driver could be the appropriate tool.
Mark Neiberg

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