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This volume represents an outstanding collection of closely argued and superbly documented papers on law, theology, and philosophy in medieval Islamic society. Rather than rehashing thrice-familiar debates, the authors focus on new or little-noticed problems.

Bringing together essays on topics related to Islamic law, this book is composed of articles by prominent legal scholars and historians of Islam. The authors cover a wide swath of issues, ranging from a detailed examination of Shi’i traditions governing legal interpretations about everyday affairs like prayer to the intellectual exchanges between Jewish and Muslim scholars of medieval Islamic tradition on works of logic. Taken together, these articles develop key inquiries concerning Islamic law in unique ways. They also exemplify a critical development in the field of Islamic Studies over the last few years: the proliferation of methodological approaches that employ a broad variety of sources to analyze social and political developments.

This collection brings together the work of some of the most prominent legal scholars and historians of Islam. The assembled articles cover a wide range of issues from debates over the Qur’anic text and issues of law to vibrant intellectual exchanges in philosophy and history. Taken together, these articles develop key inquiries surrounding Islamic law and tradition in unique ways. They also exemplify a critical development in the field of Islamic studies over the last few decades: the proliferation of methodological approaches that employ a broad variety of sources to analyze social and political developments in classical Islam

About Authors:

Michael Cook is Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

Najam Haider is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Barnard College/Columbia University.

Intisar Rabb is an associate professor at New York University in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and at the NYU School of Law.

Asma Sayeed is an assistant professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.

Table of contents

The Abū Baṣīr Tradition: Qur’ānic Verses on the Merits of the Shī‘a by Kohlberg, Etan

Criteria for Emending the Text of the Qur’ān by Sadeghi, Behnam

Muʿāwiya in the Ḥijāz: The Study of a Tradition by Haider, Najam

The Kitāb al-waṣiyya of ʿĪsā b. al-Mustafād: The History of a Text by Ansari, Hassan F.

Women in Imāmī Biographical Collections by Sayeed, Asma

Why Incline to the Left in Prayer? Sectarianism, Dialectic, and Archaeology in Imāmī Shīʿism by Cook, Michael

Dissent and Uncertainty in the Process of Legal Norm Construction in Muslim Sunnī Law by Johansen, Baber

Islamic Legal Minimalism: Legal Maxims and Lawmaking When Jurists Disappear by Rabb, Intisar A.

Cultivating Human Rights: Islamic Law and the Humanist Imperative by Fadl, Khaled Abou

Yaḥyā b. ʿAdī’s Discussion of the Prolegomena to the Study of a Philosophical Text by Wisnovsky, Robert

Two Commentaries on Najm al-Dīn al-Kātibī’s al-Shamsiyya, Copied in the Hand of David b. Joshua Maimonides (fl. ca. 1335–1410 CE) by Schmidtke, Sabine

Logic in the Khayrābādī School of India: A Preliminary Exploration by Ahmed, Asad Q.

The Eastern Travels of Solomon: Reimagining Persepolis and the Iranian Past by Mottahedeh, Roy P.

Al-Ḥasan b. Mūsā al-Nawbakhtī on the Views of Astronomers and Astrologers by Madelung, Wilferd

Conversion and Law: A Muslim-Christian Comparison by Bulliet, Richard W.

Bibliographic Information

Title: Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought Studies in Honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi

Authors: Michael Cook, Najam Haider, Intisar Rabb & Asma Sayeed

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Language: English

Length: 236 pages

ISBN: 9780230113299

Pub. Date: January 8th 2013

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