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Law and Legal Theory in Classical and Medieval Islam

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Wael B. HallaqProfessor, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Canada

ISBN13: 9780860784562
ISBN: 0860784568
Published: January 1995
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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These studies by Wael Hallaq represent an important contribution to our understanding of the neglected field of medieval Islamic law and legal thought. Spanning the period from the 8th to the 16th centuries, they draw upon a wide range of original sources to offer both fresh interpretations of those sources and a careful evaluation of contemporary scholarship.

The first articles expound the interrelated issues of legal reasoning, legal logic and the epistemology of the law. There follows a set of primarily historical studies, which question a series of widely held assumptions, while the last items explore issues of legal theory and methodology.

One particular topic concerns the role of Shafi'i as the ‘master architect’ of Islamic legal theory, and Professor Hallaq would finally argue that this image is in fact false and a creation of later centuries.

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Other Jurisdictions , Islamic Law
The logic of legal reasoning in religious and non-religious cultures: the case of Islamic law and the common law
Non-analogical arguments in Sunni juridical qiyas
Logic, formal arguments and formalization of arguments in Sunni jurisprudence
On inductive corroboration, probability and certainty in Sunni legal thought
Was the Gate of Ijtihad closed?
On the origins of the controversy about the existence of Mujtahids and the Gate of Ijtihad
Was al-Shafi‘i the master architect of Islamic jurisprudence?
On the authoritativeness of Sunni consensus
The use and abuse of evidence: the question of provincial and Roman influences on early Islamic law
Notes on the term Qarîna in Islamic legal discourse
The primacy of the Qur’an in Shatibi’s legal theory
Usul al-Fiqh: beyond tradition
Index of Arabic terms
General index.