The Logic of Law Making in Islam: Women and Prayer in the Legal Tradition

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 11, 2013 - History - 215 pages
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This pioneering study examines the process of reasoning in Islamic law. Some of the key questions addressed here include whether sacred law operates differently from secular law, why laws change or stay the same, and how different cultural and historical settings impact the development of legal rulings. In order to explore these questions, the author examines the decisions of thirty jurists from the largest legal tradition in Islam: the Hanafi school of law. He traces their rulings on the question of women and communal prayer across a very broad period of time - from the eighth to the eighteenth century - to demonstrate how jurists interpreted the law and reconciled their decisions with the scripture and the sayings of the Prophet. The result is a fascinating overview of how Islamic law has evolved and the thinking behind individual rulings.
 

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Contents

Preliminaries
40
Women Praying with Women
76
Communal Prayers
105
The Historical Development of IfIanafi Reasoning
128
From Laws to Values
141
A Historians Public Reason
161
The Logic of Law Making
163
The Authenticity ofEarly Hanafi Texts Two Books
177
Bibliography
201
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Behnam Sadeghi has been an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University since 2006. His research spans Islamic thought and law in the early and post-formative periods. In addition, he has made groundbreaking contributions to the history of the Qur'ān and the ḥadīth literature in a series of published essays.

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