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Formation of the Islamic Jurisprudence:From the Time of the Prophet Muhammad to the 4th Century

This book presents a new reading and understanding as writer critically assesses the history, development, and impact of Islamic jurisprudence in the Muslim world.

Islamic jurisprudence has undergone many historical changes since the time of Prophet Muhammad, and researchers have divided its development into several historical stages. In Formation of the Islamic Jurisprudence, Labeeb Ahmed Bsoul presents the history of Islamic jurisprudence from its earliest period. Drawing upon a wide variety of Arabic primary sources to provide an inclusive, unbiased view of the history of jurisprudence, this book covers all the main centers of legal scholarship in the Islamic world, addressing not only the four well-known Sunni legal schools but also defunct Sunni and sectarian legal schools. Bsoul makes intellectual history the center of attention, recognizing the contributions of women to legal scholarship, and avoids attributing academic developments to the events of political history. This book presents a new reading and understanding as Bsoul critically assesses the history, development, and impact of Islamic jurisprudence in the Muslim world.

Reviews on  the Book

“This comprehensive and deeply thoughtful study of the rise and development of what eventually came to be known as Sunni jurisprudence will be welcomed by scholars of Islam. The work is distinguished by a desire to rise above traditional biases whether eastern or western. The exhaustive critical apparatus is a welcome bibliographic guide to a most important topic and it is a pleasure to warmly recommend this fruit of many years dedicated labor to interested readers.” – Todd Lawson, University of Toronto, Canada

“Bsoul presented the significance of intellectual history in deciphering chronologically the development of Islamic jurisprudence. It is precisely an unbiased work of written history that describes and analyzes the legalistic nature of Islam from the Prophet’s time to the dominance of juristic interpretations basing from the exigencies of changing times…. This book is highly recommended to all individuals interested in furthering their knowledge about the jurisprudential aspect of Islam and its impact to the modern world today.” – Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Co-founder, International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort (Co-IRIS)
“This comprehensive and deeply thoughtful study of the rise and development of what eventually came to be known as Sunni jurisprudence will be welcomed by scholars of Islam. The work is distinguished by a desire to rise above traditional biases whether eastern or western. The exhaustive critical apparatus is a welcome bibliographic guide to a most important topic and it is a pleasure to warmly recommend this fruit of many years dedicated labor to interested readers.” – Todd Lawson, University of Toronto, Canada

“Bsoul presented the significance of intellectual history in deciphering chronologically the development of Islamic jurisprudence. It is precisely an unbiased work of written history that describes and analyzes the legalistic nature of Islam from the Prophet’s time to the dominance of juristic interpretations basing from the exigencies of changing times…. This book is highly recommended to all individuals interested in furthering their knowledge about the jurisprudential aspect of Islam and its impact to the modern world today.” – Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Co-founder, International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort (Co-IRIS)

About the Author

Labeeb Ahmed Bsoul is Associate Professor at Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates. He received his PhD from McGill University, Canada, in Middle East and Islamic Studies. His areas of interest and expertise include modern and contemporary history of the Middle East, international relations, orientalism, and Middle East and Islamic studies. He has published numerous articles and is author of International Treaties (Mu’ahadat) in Islam.

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Islamic Jurisprudence during the Prophetic Era
  2. Jurisprudence, Ijtihad, and the Centers of Legal Scholarship
  3. The Codification Movement

4. The Attachment of Legal Rulings to Underlying Principles (Ta’sil) and the Derivation of Subsidiary Rulings (Tafri’): The Emergence of the Major Schools of Islamic Law Concluding Remarks.

Bibliographic Information

Title: Formation of the Islamic Jurisprudence:From the Time of the Prophet Muhammad to the 4th Century

Author: Labeeb Ahmed Bsoul

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Language: English

Length: 254 pages

ISBN:  978-1137580894

Pub. Date: : March 2, 2016

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