Disagreements of the Jurists: A Manual of Islamic Legal Theory (Library of Arabic Literature #53) (Hardcover)

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Disagreements of the Jurists: A Manual of Islamic Legal Theory (Library of Arabic Literature #53) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 53 in the Library of Arabic Literature series.

A masterful overview of Islamic law and its diversity

Al-Qadi al-Nu'man was the chief legal theorist and ideologue of the North African Fatimid dynasty in the tenth century. This translation makes available in English for the first time his major work on Islamic legal theory, which presents a legal model in support of the Fatimids' principle of legitimate rule over the Islamic community. Composed as part of a grand project to establish the theoretical bases of the official Fatimid legal school, Disagreements of the Jurists expounds a distinctly Shi'i system of hermeneutics, which refutes the methods of legal interpretation adopted by Sunni jurists.

The work begins with a discussion of the historical causes of jurisprudential divergence in the first Islamic centuries, and goes on to address, point by point, the specific interpretive methods of Sunni legal theory, arguing that they are both illegitimate and ineffective. While its immediate mission is to pave the foundation of the legal Isma'ili tradition, the text also preserves several Islamic legal theoretical works no longer extant--including Ibn Dawud's manual, al-Wusul ila ma'rifat al-usul--and thus throws light on a critical stage in the historical development of Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh) that would otherwise be lost to history.

A bilingual Arabic-English edition.
al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān (Author) Al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān (d. 364/974) was born in Tunisia and joined the service of the Fatimids in 313/925, eventually rising to the position of supreme judge. As the most important jurist and legal author of the Fatimid Empire, his work founded Ismāʿīlī law as a discipline. Devin Stewart (Edited and Translated by) Devin J. Stewart is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Emory University. He has written on the Qurʾan, Shiʿi Islam, and Islamic legal education.
Product Details ISBN: 9780814763759
ISBN-10: 0814763758
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: January 19th, 2015
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Library of Arabic Literature