The Origins of Islamic Jurisprudence: Meccan Fiqh Before the Classical Schools

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BRILL, 2002 - History - 326 pages
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The current view among Western scholars of Islam concerning the early development of Islamic jurisprudence was shaped by Joseph Schacht's famous study on the subject published fifty years ago. Since then new sources became available which make a critical review of his theories possible and desirable. This volume uses one of these sources to reconstruct the development of jurisprudence at Mecca, virtually unknown until now, from the beginnings until the middle of the second Islamic century. New methods of analysis are developed and tested in order to date the material contained in the earliest compilations of legal traditions more properly. As a result the origins of Islamic jurisprudence can be dated much earlier than claimed by Schacht and his school.
 

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Contents

The Beginnings of Islamic Jurisprudence in
1
New Sources for the History of the Beginnings
51
The Sources of the Work
58
IIL The Development of Islamic Jurisprudence in Mecca
75
b Internal Formal Criteria of Authenticity
83
The Results of the Test of Genuineness
94
Amr Ibn Dinar
173
Characteristics of Amr Ibn Dinars Legal
185
Ibn Jurayjs Iraqi Sources
226
Ibn Jurayjs Syrian Sources
232
Ibn Jurayjs Anonymous Traditions
244
Amr Ibn Dmar
265
The Source Value of the Biographical Material
285
The Second Half of the SecondEighth
291
The Beginnings of Islamic Jurisprudence
295
Index
311

IbnJurayj
204
b Ibn Jurayjs Medinan Sources
217

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Harald Motzki, Ph.D. (1978) in Islamic Studies, University of Bonn, is Professor of Islamic Studies at Nijmegen University. He has published extensively on Islamic social and legal history and on Muslim traditions. He recently edited "The Biography of Muhammad: The Issue of the Sources" ("Brill," 2000).

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