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Islamic Jurisprudence in the Classical Era

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Robert Gleave
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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521110808

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  • Ten years after his untimely death, Norman Calder is still considered a luminary in the field of Islamic law. At the time he was one among a handful of scholars from the West who were beginning to engage with the subject. In the intervening years, much has changed, and Islamic law is now understood as fundamental to any engagement with the study of Islam, its history, and its society, and Dr. Calder’s work is integral to that engagement. In this book, Colin Imber has put together and edited four essays by Norman Calder that have never been previously published. Typically incisive, they categorize and analyze the different genres of Islamic juristic literature that was produced between the tenth and fourteenth centuries, showing what function they served both in the preservation of Muslim legal and religious traditions and in the day-to-day lives of their communities. The essays also examine the status and role of the jurists themselves and are to be particularly welcomed for giving clear answers to the controversial questions of how far Islamic law and juristic thinking changed over the centuries, and how far it was able to adapt to new circumstances. In his introduction to the volume, Robert Gleave assesses the place and importance of Norman Calder’s work in the field of Islamic legal studies. This is a groundbreaking book from one of the most important scholars of his generation.

    • Detailed textual studies examine the forms and functions of Islamic law in the 'classical' period of its formation
    • Introduces the reader to working methods and social status of the jurists who wrote the texts, answering the question of whether Islamic law was conservative or dynamic
    • Detailed and accurate translation of key texts makes the book accessible to the non-specialist
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    '… a magnificent survey of jurisprudence, treating especially the problem of what scholastic writing was intended to accomplish: the guidance of Muslim laymen, the display of erudition, aesthetic pleasure, and reassurance and inspiration for the pious … stresses the literary pleasures of reading Islamic law books, normally unavailable except to those with advanced ability in reading Arabic.' Christopher Melchert, Journal of Islamic Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521110808
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Robert Gleave
    1. The Hanafi law on fornication
    2. Nawawi and the typologies of fiqh writing
    3. Scholars, muftis, judges, and secular power: the need for distinctions
    4. The social function of fatwas
    Afterword: scholarly priorities and Islamic studies: the reviews of Norman Calder Robert Gleave.

  • Author

    Norman Calder


    Colin Imber, University of Manchester
    Colin Imber was formerly Reader in Turkish at the University of Manchester. His recent publications include Studies in Early Muslim Jurisprudence (1993) and Interpretation and Jurisprudence in Medieval Islam (2006).

    Introduction by

    Robert Gleave, University of Exeter


    Robert Gleave

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