In this reading of Islamic legal hermeneutics, Robert Gleave explores various competing notions of literal meaning, linked to both theological doctrine and historical developments, together with insights from modern semantic and pragmatic philosophers.
Literal meaning is what a text means in itself, regardless of what its author intends to convey or the reader understands to be its message. As Islamic law is based on the central texts of Islam, the idea of a literal meaning that rules over human attempts to understand God's message has resulted in a series of debates amongst modern Muslim legal theorists.
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
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About the Author
Robert Gleave is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter.
He is author of Inevitable Doubt: Two Theories of Shi'i Jurisprudence (E. J. Brill, 2000) and editor of Religion and Society in Qajar Iran (Routledge, 2004) and co-editor (with E. Kermeli) of Islamic Law: Theory and Practice (I. B. Tauris, 1997; paperback edition 2000).
Table of Contents
1. Understanding Literal Meaning
2. Literal Meaning and Scriptural Exegesis
3. Literal Meaning In Early Muslim Thought
4. Literal Meaning in Early Muslim Jurisprudence
5. Literal Meaning in Sunni Jurisprudence
6. Legal Literalism and Early Zahiri Legal Thought
7. Literalism and Ibn Íazm's Legal Theory
8. Literal Meaning in Early Sectarian Legal Theory
9. Literal Meaning in Classical Imami Legal Theory
10. Literal Meaning in Modern Muslim Legal Theory