An Introduction to Islamic Law

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 9, 2009 - Law
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The study of Islamic law can be a forbidding prospect for those entering the field for the first time. Wael Hallaq, a leading scholar and practitioner of Islamic law, guides students through the intricacies of the subject in this absorbing introduction. The first half of the book is devoted to a discussion of Islamic law in its pre-modern natural habitat. The second part explains how the law was transformed and ultimately dismantled during the colonial period. In the final chapters, the author charts recent developments and the struggles of the Islamists to negotiate changes which have seen the law emerge as a primarily textual entity focused on fixed punishments and ritual requirements. The book, which includes a chronology, a glossary of key terms, and lists of further reading, will be the first stop for those who wish to understand the fundamentals of Islamic law, its practices and history.

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informative books about islamic law, those people must study who want to know the history of islamic law, In this book, the writer shows us the modern age with logical way

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This is an excellent book, a first choice to recommend to students and advanced researchers alike. Next to being meticulous Hallaq is a clear writer. Furthermore, his descriptions of Islamic law can be useful for those are familiar to Islam. They must be of great help for those new to the tradition, for sure. Thanks Wael.
Mohammed Tabishat


Whos who in the Shariʿa
The Law how is it found?
The legal schools
Jurists legal education and politics
Shariʿas society
Premodern governance the Circle of Justice
Modernity and ruptures
Colonizing the Muslim world and its Shariʿa
The law in the age of nationstates
State ulama and Islamists
Shariʿa then and now concluding notes
Glossary of key terms
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Wael B. Hallaq is James McGill Professor of Islamic Law in the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. He is a world-renowned scholar whose publications include The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and A History of Islamic Legal Theories (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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