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Scholars praised the 1992 edition of The Search for God’s Law as a groundbreaking intellectual treatment of Islamic jurisprudence. Bernard Weiss’s revised edition brings to life Sayf al-Din al Amidi’s classic exposition of the methodologies through which Muslim scholars have constructed their understandings of the divine law.

Weiss’s new introduction provides an overview of Amidi’s jurisprudence that facilitates deeper comprehension of the challenging dialectic of the text. This edition includes an in-depth analysis of the nature of language and the ways in which it mediates the law, while shaping it at the same time. An updated index has been added.


 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xviii
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  1. Preface to the Revised Edition
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. xxiii-xxx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. Part I. Postulates
  2. pp. 31-32
  1. 1. The Theological Postulates
  2. pp. 33-79
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  1. 2. The Fiqh Postulates
  2. pp. 80-112
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  1. 3. The Lugha-related Postulates
  2. pp. 113-146
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  1. Part II. The Indicators of God’s Law
  2. pp. 147-154
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  1. 4. The Qur’ān and the Sunna
  2. pp. 155-173
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  1. 5. The Ijmāc
  2. pp. 174-251
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  1. 6. The Transmission of Texts
  2. pp. 252-321
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  1. 7. Commands
  2. pp. 322-381
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  1. 8. General and Unqualified Expressions
  2. pp. 382-439
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  1. 9. Ambiguity, Lucidity, and Diversion to Nonapparent Meaning
  2. pp. 440-472
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  1. 10. Implication
  2. pp. 473-493
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  1. 11. Abrogation
  2. pp. 494-541
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  1. 12. Analogy: Definition and Conditions of Validity
  2. pp. 542-584
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  1. 13. Analogy: Ascertaining the Occasioning Factor
  2. pp. 585-624
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  1. 14. The Defense of Analogy
  2. pp. 625-646
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  1. 15. Istidlāl and the Invalid Indicators
  2. pp. 647-672
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  1. Part III. Mujtahids, Muftīs, and Commoners
  2. pp. 673-674
  1. 16. Ijtihād and the Mujtahid
  2. pp. 675-707
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  1. 17. Consultation and Advice: The Mujtahid as Muftī
  2. pp. 708-720
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  1. Part IV. The Weighing of Conflicting Indicators
  2. pp. 721-730
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 731-738
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 739-764
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 765-784
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607819714
Related ISBN
9780874809381
MARC Record
OCLC
758391490
Pages
760
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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