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The Epistle on Legal Theory
Author: Muhammad Ibn Idris al-Shafi'i

ISBN: 9780814769980
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 20 January 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 3.8
Description:
The Epistle on Legal Theory is the oldest surviving Arabic work on Islamic legal theory and thefoundational document of Islamic jurisprudence. Its author, Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi?i (d.204 H/820 AD), was the eponym of the Shafi?i school of legal thought, one of the four rites inSunni Islam. This fascinating work offers the first systematic treatment in Arabic of key issuesin Islamic legal thought. These include a survey of the importance of Arabic as the language ofrevelation, principles of textual interpretation to be applied to the Qur?an and prophetic Traditions,techniques for harmonizing apparently contradictory precedents, legal epistemology, rulesof inference, and discussions of when legal interpretation is required. The author illustrates histheoretical claims with numerous examples drawn from nearly all areas of Islamic law, includingritual law, commercial law, tort law, and criminal law. The text thus provides an important window into both Islamic law and legal thought in particular and early Islamic intellectual history in general. The Arabic text has been established on the basis of the two most important criti...

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