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The Legal Thought of Jalal al-Din al-SuyutiAuthority and Legacy$
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Rebecca Hernandez

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805939

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805939.001.0001

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Authority by Articulation

Authority by Articulation

The Language of Religious Revival and Reform in al-Suyūṭī’s Tajdīd Genre

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The Legal Thought of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti

Rebecca Skreslet Hernandez

Oxford University Press

Chapters 3 and 4 are intended as a bridge between what al-Suyūṭī has to say about himself as part of his efforts to project authority as the leading scholar of his time and what others say about him, including his modern legacy. Although al-Suyūṭī failed to convince many of his contemporaries of his status as a mujtahid and mujaddid (scholar sent at the turn of each century to bring about religious renewal), his articulation of the concepts of ijtihād and tajdīd have proven influential to later scholars seeking to connect their own projects of reform to the classical tradition. Al-Suyūṭī’s contribution to the wider “tajdīd genre” in Islamic thought allowed his vision of ijtihād and tajdīd to break free of the narrow context of his squabbles with other scholars to help shape how others would view these concepts in the future in their own intellectual and social contexts.

Keywords:   genre, ijtihād, tajdīd, reform, revival, mujaddid, renewal

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