Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law
By (author) Wael B. Hallaq
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Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law by Wael B. Hallaq
Book DescriptionWael B. Hallaq is regarded as one of the leading scholars in the field of Islamic law. In a path-breaking new book, the author shows how authority guaranteed both continuity and change in Islamic law. While the role of the law schools in augmenting these processes was of the essence, the author demonstrates that it was the construction of the absolutist authority of the school founder, an image which he suggests was actually developed later in history, that maintained the foundations of school methodology and hermeneutics. The defence of that methodology gave rise to an infinite variety of individual legal opinions, ultimately accommodating changes in the law. Thus the author concludes that the mechanisms of change were embedded in the very structure of Islamic law, despite its essentially conservative nature. This book will be welcomed by specialists and scholars in Islamic law for its rigour and innovation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521023931
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Wael B. Hallaq
Introduction to Islamic Law, Hardback (July 2009)
This book is an introduction to the fundamentals of Islamic law and its history.
Shar'ia, Paperback (April 2009)
Wael Hallaq's magisterial overview of Shari'a examines the doctrines and practices of Islamic law from the seventh century to the present.
Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law, Hardback (March 2006)» View all books by Wael B. Hallaq
This book, first published in 2006, is an account of the theory and practice of Islamic criminal law.
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