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  • Shar?'aby Wael B. Hallaq

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 60.00 US$ 49.20

    Wael Hallaq's magisterial overview of Shari'a examines the doctrines and practices of Islamic law from the seventh century to the present. more...

  • The Epistle on Legal Theoryby Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafii; Joseph E. Lowry

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 34.00

    The Epistle on Legal Theory  is the oldest surviving Arabic work on Islamic legal theory and the foundational document of Islamic jurisprudence. Its author, Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (d. 204H/820AD), was the eponymous founder of the Shafi'i legal school, one of the four rites in Sunni Islam. This fascinating work offers the first systematic treatment... more...

  • Virtues of the Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbalby Ibn al-Jawzi; Michael Cooperson

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 34.00

    Ahmad ibn Hanbal (d. 241 H/855 AD), renowned for his profound knowledge of hadith?the reports of the Prophet?s sayings and deeds?is a major figure in the history of Islam. Ibn Hanbal was famous for living according to his own strict interpretation of the Prophetic model and for denying himself even the most basic comforts in a city then one... more...

  • Muslim Family Law in Western Courtsby Elisa Giunchi

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    This book focuses on Islamic family law as interpreted and applied by judges in Europe, Australia and North America. It uses court transcriptions and observations to discuss how the most contentious marriage-related issues - consent and age of spouses, dower, polygamy, and divorce - are adjudicated. The solutions proposed by different legal systems... more...

  • Medieval Canon Lawby James A Brundage

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 77.95

    It is impossible to understand how the medieval church functioned -- and in turn influenced and controlled the lay world within its care -- without understanding the development, character and impact of `canon law', its own distinctive law code. However important, this can seem a daunting subject to non-specialists. They have long needed an attractive... more...

  • Women in the Mosqueby Marion Katz

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 64.99

    Juxtaposing Muslim scholars? debates over women?s attendance in mosques with historical descriptions of women?s activities within Middle Eastern and North African mosques, this study shows how over the centuries legal scholars? arguments have often reacted to rather than dictated Muslim women?s behavior. Tracing Sunni legal positions on women in... more...

  • Lessons in Islamic Jurisprudenceby Roy Mottahedeh

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 24.99

    This classic text is rendered directly from the original Arabic by one of America's leading Islamic scholars. This paperback edition has been specially published for the many courses for which this book has been requested. more...

  • Imam Shafi'iby Kecia Ali

    Oneworld Publications 2011; US$ 39.99

    In this innovative study, Kecia Ali examines the forefather of the second largest of the four principal Sunni schools of jurisprudence, the Shafii. Gifted poet and outstanding Islamic Scholar, Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (767-820) firmly rejected the use of common sense in Islamic legal rulings, arguing that the only valid sunnah (or... more...

  • Maqasid al-Shari?a and Contemporary Reformist Muslim Thoughtby Adis Duderija

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 95.00

    It is the first study which comprehensively, systematically and critically examines the role and usefulness of the concept of Maqasid al-Shari'a (higher Objectives of Islamic Law) in contemporary Muslim reformist thought in relation to number of specific issues pertaining to Islamic legal philosophy, law, ethics and the socio-political sphere. more...

  • Ibn 'Abd al-Wahhabby Michael Crawford

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 39.99

    Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (17031792) aroused great controversy in his lifetime. More than two centuries after his death, he still elicits strong views. For some he is the model of a pious religious activist who fought to establish a regime of Islamic godliness in the least promising of environments. For others, especially Muslims associated with... more...