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Description - The Pillars of Islam (Vol II) by Ismail K. H. Poonawala

The Pillars of Islam, was the culmination of Nu'man's efforts in the field of jurisprudence for more than thirty years. It was commissioned by the Fatimid caliph al Mu'izz-Din Allah and was officially promulgated as the state code. The judicial and legal system constructed in The Pillars, both for use of the state as well as the Isma'ili community is, therefore, unique, and Nu'man is rightly considered as its founder. The Pillars is considered by the Musta'li-Tayyibi Bohras as the greatest authority on Isma'ili law and has until today remained as the greatest authority in the legal matters. It is also applied by courts in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent in personal and family matters as the Isma'ili law manual. The second volume of The Pillars of Islam deals more precisely with the law than the first volume. It deals with a wide range of subjects such as food, dress, medicine, oaths, hunting, business transactions, loans, partition and construction, evidence, marriage, divorce, wills, inheritance, criminal punishments, question of apostasy and etiquette of judges. An essential buy for all libraries and institutions that buy books on Islamic law/studies. This is an essential reading for scholars and students of law and religion. It will be especially important for lawyers and judges as this is the greates authority on Isma'ili law up to the present day and it remains the source of supreme authority in their legal matters. It will also be useful to scholars and students of applied jurisprudence and philosophy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195667844
ISBN-10: 0195667840
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 143mm x 40mm)
Pages: 686
Imprint: OUP India
Publisher: OUP India
Publish Date: 13-May-2004
Country of Publication: India

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Author Biography - Ismail K. H. Poonawala

Poonawala is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of California, LA Fyzee is an outstanding scholar of Islamic law and author of Outlines of Muhammadan Law. He received from the Government of India, the Padma Bhushanin recognition of his contribution to Islamic Jurisprudence.