The Renewal of Islamic Law: Muhammad Baqer As-Sadr, Najaf and the Shi'i International

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 29, 2004 - Law - 245 pages
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This is the first comprehensive study of the life and works of Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr - an Iraqi scholar who made an important contribution to the renewal of Islamic law and politics in the contemporary Middle East. Executed in 1980, Sadr was the most articulate thinker and a major political actor in the revival of Shi'i learning, which placed Najaf in Southern Iraq at its centre. Dr Chibli Mallat examines the intellectual development of Sadr and his companions who included Ruhullah al-Khumaini and assesses Sadr's innovative approaches to the study of law, economics and banking. The author convincingly demonstrates how Sadr's ideas and activities were influential in the rise of political Islam across the Middle East and played an important part in the Iranian revolution of 1979.
 

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Contents

Archetypes of Shii law
28
On the origins of the Iranian constitution Muhammad Baqer asSadrs 1979 treatises
59
The first decade of the Iranian constitution problems of the least dangerous branch
79
Islamic law Islamic economies and the interestfree bank
109
Introduction to Part II
111
Law and the discovery of Islamic economics
113
Muhammad Baqer asSadr and Islamic banking
158
The costs of renewal
188
Notes
190
Bibliography
228
Index
243
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