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Applying the Canon in Islam: The Authorization and Maintenance of Interpretive Reasoning in Hanafi Scholarship
     

Applying the Canon in Islam: The Authorization and Maintenance of Interpretive Reasoning in Hanafi Scholarship

by Brannon M. Wheeler, Laurie L. Patton, Paul J. Griffiths
 

ISBN-10: 0791429733

ISBN-13: 9780791429730

Pub. Date: 08/01/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Argues how the notion of "canon" is used to authorize and maintain certain types of interpretive reasoning and the social institutions that employ them.

Using examples from Islamic law, Ndembu divination, and Aranda religion, this book argues how the notion of "canon" is used to authorize and maintain certain types of interpretive reasoning and the social

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Argues how the notion of "canon" is used to authorize and maintain certain types of interpretive reasoning and the social institutions that employ them.

Using examples from Islamic law, Ndembu divination, and Aranda religion, this book argues how the notion of "canon" is used to authorize and maintain certain types of interpretive reasoning and the social institutions that employ them. The bulk of the book outlines how the H school of Islamic law was able to legitimize itself by extending the canonical authority of the Qur'an to the sunnah of the prophet, the opinions of selected local authorities, and the scholarship of earlier generations. The H example shows that the application of canon is not about overcoming the limits of a "closed" text but rather about imposing limits on a range of interpretations made possible by a variegated and malleable textual corpus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791429730
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Series:
SUNY series, Toward a Comparative Philosophy of Religions Series
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Note on Conventions

Introduction

1. The Authorization of Exegesis

2. Restricting Authority to the Classical Schools

3. The Logic of the Opinions

4. Maintenance of Authority

Conclusions

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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