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Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law

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ISBN-10: 0521023939

ISBN-13: 9780521023931

Edition: 2005

Authors: Wael B. Hallaq

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In this path-breaking new book, the author shows how authority guaranteed both continuity and change in Islamic law. Hallaq demonstrates that it was the construction of the absolutist authority of the school founder, an image which he suggests was actually developed later in history, that maintained the foundations of school methodology and hermeneutics. The defense of that methodology gave rise to an infinite variety of individual legal opinions, ultimately accomodating changes in the law. Thus the author concludes that the mechanisms of change were embedded in the very structure of Islamic law, despite its essentially conservative nature.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Juristic typologies: a framework for enquiry
Early ijtihad and the later construction of authority
The rise and augmentation of school authority
Taqlid: authority, hermeneutics and function
Operative terminology and the dynamics of legal doctrine
The jurisconsult, the author-jurist and legal change
Summary and conclusions