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Narratives of Islamic Legal Theory

Rumee Ahmed


In the critical period when Islamic law first developed, a new breed of jurists developed a genre of legal theory treatises to explore how the fundamental moral teachings of Islam might operate as a legal system. Seemingly rhetorical and formulaic, these manuals have long been overlooked despite the insights they offer into the early formation of Islamic conceptions of law and its role in social life. This book responds to the prevailing misconceptions about the purpose and form of the Islamic legal treatise by describing how Muslim jurists used the genre of legal theory to argue for individua ... More

Keywords: Islam, Islamic, law, legal theory, theology, legal theorists, moral teachings, Sarakhsi, Dabusi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199640171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rumee Ahmed, author
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, University of British Columbia