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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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Determining the Sources of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence

Determining the Sources of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence

(p.85) 7 Determining the Sources of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence
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This chapter examines scriptural sources in an attempt to understand what they tell us about the role of the Universe, creation, and the human and social contexts in the elaboration of Islamic law and jurisprudence. It analyzes revelations in the Quran that refer to the created Universe, elements of Nature, and the “signs” that pervade it. It is shown that inference in scripture follows exactly the same logic as seen with the scholars of fundamentals (al-usûliyyûn), from ash-Shâfi'î to ash-Shâtibî, about establishing links between texts, expressive contexts, and, more broadly, social and human environments: the search for the effective cause (al-'illah), the explanatory principle of an observation, a sign from the real endowed with meaning. All this echoes the research carried out in the human sciences about observing constants in the behavior of men and societies.

Keywords:   Islamic law, Islamic thought, jurisprudence, Quran, Universe, Revelations

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