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Contextualism in Ayatollāh Borūjerdī’s Jurisprudential Methodology

This article sheds light on the fiqhī methodology of Ayatollāh S. Hosain Tabātabāī Borūjerdī (1875-1961).

According to the author, one of the most prominent features of his methodology is a broad contextualism. Bringing evidence from Ayatollāh Borūjerdī’s major writings, the article explains different aspects and dimensions of his contextualist approach. It explains how he has moved away from a pure textualist approach while keeping his fidelity to the text at the same time. The article also shows how this idea has been reflected in the works of Ayatollāh Borūjerdī’s followers. It suggests the ways in which this methodological approach can be developed and applied across all Islamic textual sources, including the narrations of the Prophet and the Qur’ān.

About the Author

Dr. Rahim Nobahar, associate professor at Shahid Beheshti University Law School in Tehran, holds the highest degree of Islamic Jurisprudence, Ijtihad, from the seminaries (hawzah) in Qom, Iran. He obtained his Ph.D. in Criminal Law and Criminology from Shahid Beheshti University Law School in Tehran, Iran. He has taught courses including Islamic Law, Qur’anic Exegesis, and Philosophy of Law at Mofid University and Shahid Beheshti University. Dr. Nobahar has published more than 14 books and 90 academic articles in Islamic studies. He has served on the boards of, and presented at, many international and national academic conferences. Currently, he is the head of Department of Islamic Law at Shahid Beheshti University.

Bibliographic Information

Title: Contextualism in Ayatollāh Borūjerdī’s Jurisprudential Methodology

Author: Dr. Rahim Nobahar

Published in: Critical Research On Religion, January 25.

 Language: English

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