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Foundations of Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Imāmī Shīʿī Legal Theory is a critical edition of Mabādiʾ al-wuṣūl ilā ʿilm al-uṣūl by al-ʿAllāmah al-Ḥillī, based upon six manuscripts, four of which date from the lifetime of the author. Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi has provided a critical edition of the Arabic text, along with an English translation, and analytical introduction.
Al-ʿAllāmah al-Ḥillī participated in leading debates of his day and applied his vast erudition in philosophy, logic, and theology to the paramount subject of jurisprudence. This text presents an exemplar of the rich revival of Shīʿī scholarship in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries CE. Concise, yet comprehensive, this work sets the standard for the subsequent development and discussion of Imāmī Shīʿī legal theory, such that its influence can be traced through to modern times. This dual-text edition is indispensible for students and scholars of Imāmi Shīʿī jurisprudence.