Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law by Wael B. Hallaq

By Wael B. Hallaq

During this path-breaking new publication, the writer indicates how authority assured either continuity and alter in Islamic legislations. Hallaq demonstrates that it was once the development of the absolutist authority of the college founder, a picture which he indicates used to be truly constructed later in historical past, that maintained the rules of faculty method and hermeneutics. The safeguard of that technique gave upward push to an enormous number of person criminal critiques, eventually accomodating adjustments within the legislation. therefore the writer concludes that the mechanisms of swap have been embedded within the very constitution of Islamic legislations, regardless of its basically conservative nature.

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148/765), another presumably absolute mujtahid and an Iraqian authority, disagrees with Abe nancfa and upholds cAsa’ b. 15 Here, both mujtahids defer to earlier authorities. In addition to nammad and Ibrahcm al-Nakhacc, c Abd Allah b. 17 In a case involving preemption, for instance, he first adopted Abe nancfa’s view then renounced it in favor of another opinion held by the Hijazi 11 12 13 14 15 16 Ibid. Mumammad b. Idrcs al-Shafic c, KitAb IkhtilAf al- cIrAqiyyCn, in his al-Umm, ed. Mammed Masarjc, 9 vols.

When I say “My opinion,” so it is. [When I say] “The matter subject to agreement,” it means that matter on which they [the scholars] reached a consensus. When I say “The matter as we have it,” (al-amr cindanA) it means the matter which constitutes the practice in our midst and region, which jurists apply, and with which both laymen and scholars are familiar. When I say “Some scholars [held],” then it is an opinion that some scholars espoused and to which I am inclined. If I have not heard (lam asma c ) an opinion [on a matter] from them, then I exercise my ijtihAd according to the doctrine of someone I have met, so that [my ijtihAd ] does not swerve from the ways (madhhab) of the Medinese.

48 (It is worth noting in passing that Ibn Kamal identified most jurists who belonged to the fourth, fifth, and sixth ranks in terms of their works, works which represented their contribution to law and which became the yardstick of the quality of their hermeneutical activities. Here, it is 41 42 43 44 47 48 On takhrCj and the mukharrijEn (=aQMAb al-takhrCj ), see chapter 2, section III, below. Probably cAlc b. Ammad nusam al-Dcn al-Razc who died in 593/1196. See Ibn Quslebugha, TAj al-TarAjim, 42.

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