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A History of Islamic Law

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ISBN13: 9780748605149
ISBN: 0748605142
Published: July 1994
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £31.00

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This reissue describes the complete history of Islamic jurisprudence from its origins, through the Medieval period, to modern times. The work demonstrates how, although religious law lies at the heart of Islamic culture, Islamic states have recently modified the law to meet society's changing values. The author considers the problems of such legal reform, referring to a wide variety of substantive legal rules and institutions.

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Islamic Law
Introduction: the role of legal history in Muslim jurisprudence.

Part 1 The genesis of Shari'a law:
Qu'ranic legislation
legal practice in the 1st century of Islam
the early schools of law
Muhammed Ibn-Idris ash Shafi
concluding stages of growth.

Part 2 Legal doctrine and practice in medieval Islam:
the practical theory of law
unity and diversity of Shari'a law
sectarian legal systems in Islam
Islamic government and Shari'a law
Islamic society and Shari'a law.

Part 3 Islamic law in modern times:
foreign influences - the reception of European laws
administration of Shari'a law in contemporary Islam
Taqlid and legal reform

Conclusion: religious law and social progress in contemporary Islam.