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The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History

ISBN13: 9781107041486
Published: October 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The Canonization of Islamic Law tells the story of the birth of classical Islamic law in the eighth and ninth centuries CE. It shows how an oral normative tradition embedded in communal practice was transformed into a systematic legal science defined by hermeneutic analysis of a clearly demarcated scriptural canon. This transformation was inaugurated by the innovative legal theory of Muhammad b. Idris al-Shafi'i (d. 820 CE), and it took place against the background of a crisis of identity and religious authority in ninth-century Egypt. By tracing the formulation, reception, interpretation and spread of al-Shafi'i's ideas, the author demonstrates how the canonization of scripture that lay at the heart of al-Shafi'i's theory formed the basis for the emergence of legal hermeneutics, the formation of the Sunni schools of law, and the creation of a shared methodological basis in Muslim thought.

Islamic Law
1. Tradition under siege
2. Debates on Hadith and consensus
3. From local community to universal canon
4. Status, power, and social upheaval
5. Scholarship between persecution and patronage
6. Authorship, transmission, and intertextuality
7. A community of interpretation
8. Canonization beyond the Shafi'i school.