Shiʿite Legal Theory: Sources and Commentaries (Hardcover)

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Shiʿite Legal Theory: Sources and Commentaries (Hardcover)

By Kumail Rajani (Editor), Robert Gleave (Editor)


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Alongside the individual rules of God's law (sharīʿa), there has been a vibrant history of more philosophical or theoretical discussions in Islamic thought. Where does God's law come from? How are God's rules to be discovered for situations not covered in the revealed sources? Who, within the Muslim community, can make a valid pronouncement on the content of the sharīʿa? The answers to these questions have been debated and discussed by Muslim scholars in the genre of literature called uṣūl al-fiqh, glossed in English language secondary literature as "Islamic legal theory". This volume contains editions and commentaries of hitherto un-edited manuscripts from the various strands of the Shiʿite tradition of Islamic thought (Zaydi, Ismaʿili and Twelver). A careful side-by-side reading of these texts and commentaries will help identify themes peculiar to the Shiʿite "family" of legal theories. The distinctive Shiʿite contribution to the history of uṣūl al-fiqh has not received the attention it deserves in contemporary scholarship; this volume forms part of wider attempt to bring the richness and diversity of Shiʿite uṣūl to the wider field.

Kumail Rajani is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the editor of The Sound Traditions: Studies in Ismaili Texts and Thought (Brill, 2021) and co-editor of Shiʿi Legal Theory: Texts and Commentaries (forthcoming, 2022). He has published an article, 'Between Qum and Qayrawān: Unearthing early Shii ḥadīth sources', in the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2021). Robert Gleave is Professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Exeter. His most recent book is Violence in Islamic Thought from European Imperialism to the Post-Colonial Era (EUP, 2021), co-authored with Mustafa Baig.
Product Details ISBN: 9781399520256
ISBN-10: 1399520253
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English