Comparing Religions through Law: Judaism and Islam

By Jacob Neusner; Tamara Sonn | Go to book overview

CONTENTS
Prefacevii
1 Comparing Islam and Judaism in particular 1
AWhy compare religions and why compare their laws?1
BThe monotheist religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam2
CWhich Judaism, which Islam, and why?6
DCategory formations: comparing incomparables11
2 The authoritative legal documents of Judaism and Islam 18
AWhere do we look for the law?18
BThe Written and the Oral Torah: scripture, the Mishnahand the Talmuds20
CIslamic counterparts39
DConclusions59
3 The intellectual sources of the law 61
AHow do the authorities of the law reason?61
BIslam: consensus, reasoning, exceptions62
CJudaic counterparts: exegesis, logic, argument, dialectics81
DConclusions101
4 The working of the law: institutions 103
AInstitutional authority103
BThe Israelite court system in the legal narrative of Judaism104
CThe Islamic court in the legal narrative of Islam115
DConclusions124

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • 1 - Comparing Islam and Judaism in Particular 1
  • 2 - The Authoritative Legal Documents of Judaism and Islam 18
  • 3 - The Intellectual Sources of the Law 61
  • 4 - The Working of the Law 103
  • 5 - The Working of the Law 127
  • 6 - Disproportions 153
  • 7 - Unique Categories 191
  • 8 - Epilogue 240
  • Notes 253
  • Index 261
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