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The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law

The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law

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Part of Themes in Islamic Law

  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521803328

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  • Covering more than three centuries of legal history, this study presents an important account of how Islam developed its own law from ancient Near Eastern legal cultures, Arabian customary law and Quranic reform. The book explores the interplay between law and politics, demonstrating how the jurists and ruling elite led a symbiotic existence that paradoxically allowed Islamic law to become uniquely independent of the "state."

    • A readable account of the development of Islamic law during the first three centuries of Islam
    • By one of the leading scholars in the field of Islamic law
    • The first book to offer such a wide coverage of Islamic legal history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The book is an essential contribution to the field. Highly recommended. Essential for collections on Islam and the history of law."
    --Choice

    "...succinct, up-to-date, and stimulating account of the early history of Islamic law..."
    --Joseph E. Lowry, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, International of Middle East Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521803328
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The pre-Islamic Near East, Muhammad and Quranic law
    2. The emergence of an Islamic legal ethic
    3. The early judges, legal specialists and the search for religious authority
    4. The judiciary coming of age
    5. Prophetic authority and the modification of legal reasoning
    6. Legal theory expounded
    7. The formation of legal schools
    8. Law and politics: caliphs, judges and jurists
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Wael B. Hallaq, McGill University, Montréal
    Wael B. Hallaq is Professor of Islamic Law at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University. He is the author of Ibn Taymiyya: Against the Greek Logicians (1993), A History of Islamic Legal Theories (1997) and Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law (2001).

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