Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought: Studies in Honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi

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This collection brings together the work of some of the most prominent legal scholars and historians of Islam. The assembled articles cover a wide range of issues from debates over the Qur'anic text and issues of law to vibrant intellectual exchanges in philosophy and history. Taken together, these articles develop key inquiries surrounding Islamic law and tradition in unique ways. They also exemplify a critical development in the field of Islamic Studies over the last few decades: the proliferation of ...

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This collection brings together the work of some of the most prominent legal scholars and historians of Islam. The assembled articles cover a wide range of issues from debates over the Qur'anic text and issues of law to vibrant intellectual exchanges in philosophy and history. Taken together, these articles develop key inquiries surrounding Islamic law and tradition in unique ways. They also exemplify a critical development in the field of Islamic Studies over the last few decades: the proliferation of methodological approaches that employ a broad variety of sources to analyze social and political developments in classical Islam.

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Michael Cook is Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

Najam Haider is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Barnard College/Columbia University.

Intisar Rabb is an associate professor at New York University in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and at the NYU School of Law.

Asma Sayeed is an assistant professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.

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Table of Contents

PART I: ISLAMIC LAW AND ITS SOURCES

References to the Shi'a in the Qur'an: Notes on Imami Exegesis and the 'Abu Basir Tradition'; E.Kohlberg

The Stylometric Approach to the Composition and Chronology of the Qur'an; B.Sadeki

Why Incline to the Left in Prayer? Sectarianism, Dialectic, and Archaeology in Imami Shi'ism; M.Cook

Shi'i Hadith Methodology in Shi'i Usuli Legal Argumentation; T.al-Jamil

Fatima and Abu Bakr: Inheritance Law in Sectarian Polemics; D.Soufi

'Alid Women in Hadith Literature: The Legacies of Sukayna bt. Al-Husayn and Nafisa bt. Al-Hasan b. Zayd; A.Sayeed

PART II: DISCOURSES ON ISLAMIC LAW

Ijtihad and Taqlid: Practice and Concept; R.Mottahedeh

The Discourses on Husn and Qubh in Sunni and Shi'i Jurisprudence; K.A.El Fadl

Mu'awiya in Medina: A Shafi'i-Zaydi Attack on the Integrity of Medinan 'Amal; N.Haider

When Jurists Disappear: The Social Logic of Legal Maxims; I.A.Rabb

PART III: INTELLECTUAL TRADITIONS

The Place of Logic in the Curriculum of the Khayrabadi School: From Imam-i Haqq to Muntakhab al-Haqq; A.Ahmed

Two Commentaries on Najm al-Din al-Katibi's al-Risala al-Shamsiyya; S.Schmitdke

Al-Hasan b. Musa al-Nawbakhti: Shi'i Theologian or Philosopher?; W.Madelung

Conversion and Law: A Muslim-Christian Comparison; R.Bulliet

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