Between God and the Sultan: A History of Islamic Law

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Religion - 387 pages
The contrast between religion and law has been continuous throughout Muslim history. Islamic law has always existed in a tension between these two forces: God, who gave the law, and the state--the sultan--representing society and implementing the law. This tension and dynamic have created a very particular history for the law--in how it was formulated and by whom, in its theoretical basis and its actual rules, and in how it was practiced in historical reality from the time of its formation until today. That is the main theme of this book.

Knut S. Vikor introduces the development and practice of Islamic law to a wide readership: students, lawyers, and the growing number of those interested in Islamic civilization. He summarizes the main concepts of Islamic jurisprudence; discusses debates concerning the historicity of Islamic sources of dogma and the dating of early Islamic law; describes the classic practice of the law, in the formulation and elaboration of legal rules and practice in the courts; and sets out various substantive legal rules, on such vital matters as the family and economic activity.
 

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Contents

Does Islamic Law Exist?
1
THE THEORY OF THE
20
The Koran and Sunna as Sources
31
Qiyās and Ijtihād
53
Ijmā and Authorization
73
THE APPLICATION OF THE
89
Law Beyond the Four Schools
114
the Muftis and Legal
140
Law and Courts in the Ottoman Empire
206
Islamic Law in the Modern Period
222
Implementing the Sharīļa
254
SOME AREAS OF THE
280
Family Law
299
Economy taxes and property
326
Conclusion
345
Bibliography
363

the Role of the Qādī
168
THE HISTORY OF THE
185

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Knut S. Vikor is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Bergen in Norway.

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