When the first English version of Shiite uşūl al-fiqh in its both comprehensive and concise version was introduced by the book “An Introduction to Islamic Methodology of Jurisprudence (Uşūl al – Fiqh), necessity of preparing a glossary of Shiite uşūl al-fiqh was strongly felt.
Uşūl al-Fiqh, the methodology of jurisprudence, which is usually – and inaccurately, if not incorrectly –translated “principles of jurisprudence,” is an Islamic science which is developed by Shiite scholars in two recent centuries into an unparalleled intellectual, logical system of thought and a comprehensive branch of knowledge which not only serves as the logic of jurisprudence but as an independent science dealing with some hermeneutical problems.
When the first English version of Shiite uşūl al-fiqh in its both comprehensive and concise version was introduced by the book “An Introduction to Islamic Methodology of Jurisprudence (Uşūl al – Fiqh), A Shiite Approach” (MIU Press, 2013), necessity of preparing a glossary of Shiite uşūl al-fiqh was strongly felt. That is why this valuable task was undertaken, and, as usual, it could not be accomplished without full support of the dearest friend, Dr. Sayyed Mohsen Miri, head of Islam and West Research Center of al-Mustafa International Research Institute (M.I.R.I).
The present work, which is, like its precedent, the first, is arranged on the basis of Arabic expressions, while presenting their English equivalents in parentheses. Secondary terms are referred to primary entries. “Al ” in Arabic terms is not considered. An index in the end of the book gives Arabic equivalents to English expressions used in this glossary. Since this work is a glossary, detailed discussion of each entry should be pursued in Shiite books on uşūl al-fiqh .
Title: A Glossary of Shiite Methodology of Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)
Author: Alireza Hodaee
Publisher: Al-Mustafa International Research Institute
Length: 153 pages
Pub. Date: 2013