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Islamic Natural Law Theories

Anver M. Emon


This book offers the first sustained jurisprudential inquiry into Islamic natural law theory. It introduces readers to competing theories of Islamic natural law theory based on close readings of Islamic legal sources from as early as the ninth and tenth centuries C.E. In popular debates about Islamic law, modern Muslims perpetuate an image of Islamic law as legislated by God, to whom the devout are bound to obey. Reason alone cannot obligate obedience; at most it can confirm or corroborate what is established by source texts endowed with divine authority. This book shows, however, that premode ... More

Keywords: Islamic law, reason, authority, natural law, Maqasid al-Shari'a, legal reasoning, legal philosophy, theology

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199579006
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anver M. Emon, author
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

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