The Spirit of Islamic Law

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University of Georgia Press, 1998 - Law - 211 pages
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This study focuses on a Muslim legal science known in Arabic as usul al-fiqh. Whereas the kindred science of fiqh is concerned with the articulation of actual rules of law, this science elaborates the theoretical and methodological foundations of the law.

The Spirit of Islamic Law outlines the prominent features of Muslim juristic thought: espousal of divine sovereignty; a fixation on divine texts; an uncompromisingly intentionalist approach to the interpretation of those texts; a frank acknowledgment of the fallibility of human endeavor to capture divine intent; a toleration of legal diversity; a moralistic bent grounded in a particular social vision; and finally, a preoccupation with the affairs of private individuals -- especially family relations and contracts -- coupled with a concern to define the limits of governmental power.

The Spirit of Islamic Law is the fifth book in Georgia's Spirit of the Laws series. which illuminates the nature of legal systems throughout the world.


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Very helpful exposition of Islamic Law as drawn from the texts and scholarship of Islam's believers. One can see where American interpreters of the Constitution got their ideas of "originalist ... Read full review

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The Formation of Islamic Law i
Divine Sovereignty and Human Subordination
The TextualistIntentionalist Bent
The Venture Beyond the Texts
Probabilism and the Limits of Certainty
Juristic Authority and the Diversity of Schools
The Moralistic Bent
Private and Public Dimensions of the Law

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Weiss is a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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