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Tariq Ramadan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331714

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331714.001.0001

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Imam ash‐Shâfi' î: The Deductive Approach

Imam ash‐Shâfi' î: The Deductive Approach

(p.41) 3 Imam ash‐Shâfi' î: The Deductive Approach
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This chapter focuses on Imâm ash-Shâfi'î. Imâm ash-Shâfi'î developed a definition of Islamic law and jurisprudence (fiqh), which became a reference for specialists over and above the differences between legal schools. He set out to provide a methodology regulating the extraction of rules, determining typologies and the different levels of semantic expression, as well as a categorization of rules and injunctions taking into account their mode of exposition and their substance. This represented the birth of a new and foundational science: usûl al-fiqh, the fundamentals of law and jurisprudence, and ash-Shâfi'î's seminal work stands out as a turning point in the history of Islamic law.

Keywords:   Islamic thought, deductive method, Islamic law, jurisprudence, fiqh, usûl al-fiqh

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