The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law

The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law

by Wael B. Hallaq
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521803322

ISBN-13: 9780521803328

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book, covering more than three centuries of legal history, presents an important account of how Islam developed its own law while drawing on ancient. Near Eastern legal cultures, Arabian customary law, and Quranic reform. The development of the judiciary, legal reasoning, and legal authority during the first century is discussed in detail, as is the dramatic rise…  See more details below

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This book, covering more than three centuries of legal history, presents an important account of how Islam developed its own law while drawing on ancient. Near Eastern legal cultures, Arabian customary law, and Quranic reform. The development of the judiciary, legal reasoning, and legal authority during the first century is discussed in detail, as is the dramatic rise of prophetic authority, the crystallization of legal theory, and the formation of the all-important legal schools. Finally the book explores the interplay between law and politics, explaining how the jurists and the ruling elite had a symbiotic existence and mutual dependency that - seemingly paradoxically - allowed Islamic law and its application to be uniquely independent of the "state."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521803328
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Themes in Islamic Law Series, #1
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1The pre-Islamic near east, Muhammad and Quranic law8
2The emergence of an Islamic legal ethic29
3The early judges, legal specialists and the search for religious authority57
4The judiciary coming of age79
5Prophetic authority and the modification of legal reasoning102
6Legal theory expounded122
7The formation of legal schools150
8Law and politics : caliphs, judges and jurists178

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