Al-Qadi al-Nu'man was the chief legal theorist and ideologue of the North AfricanFatimid dynasty in the tenth century. This translation makes available for thefirst time in English his major work on Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh),which presents a legal model insupport of the Fatimid claim to legitimate rule.
Composed as part of a grand project to establish the theoreticalbases of the official Fatimid legal school, Disagreements of the Juristsexpounds a distinctly Shi'i system of hermeneutics. The work begins with adiscussion of the historical causes of jurisprudential divergence in the firstIslamic centuries and goes on to engage, point by point, with the specificinterpretive methods of Sunni legal theory. The text thus preserves importantpassages from several Islamic legal theoretical works no longer extant, and inthe process throws light on a critical stage in the development of Islamiclegal theory that would otherwise be lost to history.
Publisher: New York University Press
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"[Disagreements of the Jurists] is very important for students of jurisprudence and for reconstructing fiqh's development.-The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences
"Stewart has rendered al-Nu'man's work into intelligible and elegant English, in keeping with the goals of the Library of Arabic Literature series to open up certain valuable and influential works in theArabic tradition to a wider reading public."-Journal of the American Oriental Society
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