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Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law

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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521023931

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  • In this path-breaking new book, the author shows how authority guaranteed both continuity and change in Islamic law. Hallaq demonstrates that it was the construction of the absolutist authority of the school founder, an image which he suggests was actually developed later in history, that maintained the foundations of school methodology and hermeneutics. The defense of that methodology gave rise to an infinite variety of individual legal opinions, ultimately accomodating changes in the law. Thus the author concludes that the mechanisms of change were embedded in the very structure of Islamic law, despite its essentially conservative nature.

    • Hallaq is leading figure in the field of Islamic law and is pioneering in his approach to the subject
    • The first book of its kind using new primary sources and addressing important questions about the mechanics of legal change and stability in Islamic law: it will become a classic
    • The book is intellectually challenging and will therefore appeal to specialists and scholars: those with a good grasp of the subject
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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521023931
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.426kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Juristic typologies: a framework for enquiry
    2. Early ijtihad and the later construction of authority
    3. The rise and augmentation of school authority
    4. Taqlid: authority, hermeneutics and function
    5. Operative terminology and the dynamics of legal doctrine
    6. The jurisconsult, the author-jurist and legal change
    Summary and conclusions.

  • Author

    Wael B. Hallaq, McGill University, Montréal

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