A History of Islamic Legal Theories: An Introduction to Sunni Usul Al-fiqh

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Cambridge University Press, 1997 - Law - 294 pages
Wael B. Hallaq has already established himself as one of the most eminent scholars in the field of Islamic law. In this book, first published in 1997, the author traces the history of Islamic legal theory from its early beginnings until the modern period. Initially, he focuses on the early formation of this theory, analysing its central themes and examining the developments which gave rise to a variety of doctrines. He concludes with a discussion of modern thinking about the theoretical foundations and methodology of Islamic law. In organisation, approach to the subject and critical apparatus, the book will be an essential tool for the understanding of Islamic legal theory in particular and Islamic law in general. This, in combination with an accessibility of language and style, will guarantee a readership among students and scholars and anyone interested in Islam and its evolution.
 

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Although I've read a couple of articles by Hallaq, this is the first book of his that I've tackled. In part this was because his style seemed a bit daunting, but mostly it was because his books were ... Read full review

Contents

The formative period
1
The articulation of legal theory I
36
The articulation of legal theory II
82
The legal text the world and history
125
Social reality and the response of theory
162
Crisis of modernity toward a new theory of law?
207
Conclusion
255
References
263
Index
288
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