An Introduction to Islamic Law by Wael B. Hallaq

By Wael B. Hallaq

The research of Islamic legislation could be a forbidding prospect for these getting into the sphere for the 1st time. Wael Hallaq, a number one student and practitioner of Islamic legislation, courses scholars in the course of the intricacies of the topic during this soaking up advent. the 1st 1/2 the publication is dedicated to a dialogue of Islamic legislation in its pre-modern ordinary habitat. the second one half explains how the legislation used to be remodeled and finally dismantled in the course of the colonial interval. within the ultimate chapters, the writer charts fresh advancements and the struggles of the Islamists to barter alterations that have obvious the legislations end up a essentially textual entity fascinated with mounted punishments and formality requisites. The booklet, which incorporates a chronology, a thesaurus of keywords, and lists of additional examining, would be the first cease if you happen to desire to comprehend the basics of Islamic legislation, its practices and history.

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The spread of Islam, political conflicts, social and economic changes – all these gave the impetus; the older religious communities, forms of government and civilisation which the Arabs encountered in the formation of their empire contributed foundation stones, models and methods. e. sÈrat al-nabÈ ‘the normative or model way of life of the Prophet’); • the text itself in the study of philology (grammar and lexicography) and in extensive Koranic commentaries (tafsÈr, ‘interpretation’). Islamic doctrine developed out of conflict between the interpreters of the scripture and the forces of change in the community.

At the death of Mu˙ammad (632) the Arabian peninsula was Islamic; under the four caliphs of the first generation who had belonged to his Companions, Arab armies subjugated the Sasanian empire from Iraq as far as eastern Iran and the Byzantine provinces of the Near East. Under the rulers of the Umayyad dynasty they reached as far as the Atlantic and the Indus (711) – in the name of God and of His message revealed through Mu˙ammad. The question could be and has been asked – was this not rather a tribal migration and was it not economic necessity which pushed the Arab tribes out of the peninsula?

But the Koran itself is a book which is difficult of access. This is for external and internal reasons: external because in the present arrangement of the texts of the Revelation it is not possible to work out the original chronological sequence; internal because without a knowledge of the historical context it is not really possible to understand either the message in its entirety or many of the details of, and allusions to, its environment. These associations, moreover, have only been preserved for us by the manifold facets and reflections of religious tradition.

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