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The Renewal of Islamic Law: Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr, Najaf and the Shi'i International New ed

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Chibli MallatSchool of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

ISBN13: 9780521531221
ISBN: 0521531225
Published: January 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £30.99

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This is the first comprehensive study of the life and works of Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr - an Iraqi scholar who made an important contribution to the renewal of Islamic law and politics in the contemporary Middle East. Executed in 1980, Sadr was the most articulate thinker and a major political actor in the revival of Shi'i learning, which placed Najaf in Southern Iraq at its centre. Dr Chibli Mallat examines the intellectual development of Sadr and his companions who included Ruhullah al-Khumaini and assesses Sadr's innovative approaches to the study of law, economics and banking. The author convincingly demonstrates how Sadr's ideas and activities were influential in the rise of political Islam across the Middle East and played an important part in the Iranian revolution of 1979.

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Islamic Law
Note on transliteration and dates
General introduction: The law in the Islamic renaissance and the role of Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr
Part I. Islamic Law and the Constitution:
1. Archetypes of Shi'i law
2. On the origins of the Iranian constitution: Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr's 1979 treatises
3. The first decade of the Iranian constitution: problems of the least dangerous branch
Part II. Islamic Law, 'Islamic Economics' and the Interest-Free Bank:
4. Law and the discovery of 'Islamic economics'
5. Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr and Islamic banking

Series: Cambridge Middle East Library