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Islamic Law: Theory and Practice

ISBN: 9781860646522
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
Publication Date: 2001-04-21
Number of pages: 256
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This classic study deals with the theory and practice of Islamic law in both the formative classic and modern periods and over a range of societies. It is divided into four sections dealing with legal theory; fatwas and muftis in classical Islamic law; the position of religious minorities under Islamic law, and modern developments in Islamic law. The book explores the concept of Ijtihad, or juristic disgression--the process through which a jurist apprehends God's law and can turn it into a legal ruling--and how this has influenced the formulations of law in both Sunni and Shi'i Islam. The subject is viewed from an historical as well as a theoretical angle.

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