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New Book: The Logic of Law Making in Islam

This looks like an interesting book on legal history. This is from the Legal History Blog.

The Logic of Law Making in Islam: Women and Prayer in the Legal Tradition, by Behnam Sadeghi (Stanford University), is out this month from Cambridge University Press. Here’s an overview of the book, from the publisher’s website:

This pioneering study examines the process of reasoning in Islamic law. Some of the key questions addressed here include whether sacred law operates differently from secular law, why laws change or stay the same, and how different cultural and historical settings impact the development of legal rulings. In order to explore these questions, the author examines the decisions of thirty jurists from the largest legal tradition in Islam: the Hanafi school of law. He traces their rulings on the question of women and communal prayer across a very broad period of time – from the eighth to the eighteenth century – to demonstrate how jurists interpreted the law and reconciled their decisions with the scripture and the sayings of the Prophet. The result is a fascinating overview of how Islamic law has evolved and the thinking behind individual rulings.

The TOC is available here.

2 Responses to “New Book: The Logic of Law Making in Islam”

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    Alyssa Gray:

    This does look interesting. I recall that some years back the legal scholar Khaled Abou El Fadil (UCLA, I think) published a book entitled “Speaking in God’s Name” which analyzes Islamic jurisprudence by looking at laws pertaining to women. It’ll be interesting to compare the two works.

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    Abul Bannat:

    It would be interesting if they struggled with some of the same issues as in halacha, such as shlichut, chiyuv mitzva, mitzvot she’hazman garman. Certainly tzniyut must be a common thread (Shabbat 6:6 65a). More interesting would be to see if there was evidence of actual cross-influence.

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