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The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law
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  • 2 maps
  • Page extent: 250 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.4 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 340.5/9/09
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: KBP55 .H35 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Islamic law--History--To 1500

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521005807 | ISBN-10: 0521005809)

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Covering more than three centuries of legal history, this study presents an important account of how Islam developed its own law from ancient Near Eastern legal cultures, Arabian customary law and Quranic reform. The book explores the interplay between law and politics, demonstrating how the jurists and ruling elite led a symbiotic existence that paradoxically allowed Islamic law to become uniquely independent of the "state."


1. The pre-Islamic Near East, Muhammad and Quranic law; 2. The emergence of an Islamic legal ethic; 3. The early judges, legal specialists and the search for religious authority; 4. The judiciary coming of age; 5. Prophetic authority and the modification of legal reasoning; 6. Legal theory expounded; 7. The formation of legal schools; 8. Law and politics: caliphs, judges and jurists; Conclusion.


"The book is an essential contribution to the field. Highly recommended. Essential for collections on Islam and the history of law."

"...succinct, up-to-date, and stimulating account of the early history of Islamic law..."
--Joseph E. Lowry, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, International of Middle East Studies

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