Studies in Islamic Legal Theory


This volume is unique as a collection of studies devoted entirely to topics and issues in the field of Islamic legal theory and authored by fourteen scholars known for their work in this field. The studies deal with such topics as early notions of charismatic authority, hermeneutic techniques in Sh?fic?'s
"Ris?lah, uses of the term "sunnah in the ninth century A.H., evidence for the emergence of "us?l al-fiqh as a genre of legal literature in the ninth century, the function of "us?l al-fiqh in relation to legal practice, theological ramifications of issues in "us?l al-fiqh, Sh?c? attitudes to "qiy?s, the structure of juristic authority within the "madhhab, "us?l al-fiqh as an instrument of reform, the place of "qaw?cid within Islamic legal theory. These studies are followed by a discussion among the authors.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Jonathan E. Brockopp
  • Joseph E. Lowry
  • Susan A. Spectorsky
  • Christopher Melchert
  • Devin Stewart
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2002


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