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Wael B. Hallaq - The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law

Wael B. Hallaq - The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law

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Published by: Mohamed El-Moursi on Mar 07, 2012
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THE ORIGINS ANDEVOLUTION OF ISLAMIC LAW 
Long before the rise of Islam in the early seventh century, Arabia had come to form an integral part of the Near East.This book, covering more than three centuries of legal history,presents an important account of how Islam developed its ownlaw while drawing on ancient Near Eastern legal cultures, Arabian customary law and Quranic reform. The developmentof the judiciary, legal reasoning and legal authority during thefirst century is discussed in detail as is the dramatic rise of Prophetic authority, the crystallization of legal theory and theformation of the all-important legal schools. Finally, the book explores the interplay between law and politics, explaining how the jurists and the ruling elite led a symbiotic existence andmutual dependency that – seemingly paradoxically – allowedIslamic law and its application to be uniquely independent of the ‘‘state.’’ Wael B. Hallaq is a James McGill Professor of Islamic Law,teaching at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University.He is the author of 
Ibn Taymiyya Against the Greek Logicians 
(
1993
),
A History of Islamic Legal Theories 
(
1997
) and
Authority,Continuity and Change in Islamic Law 
(
2001
).

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