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Sharia and the Concept of Benefit

The Use and Function of Maslaha in Islamic Jurisprudence

Sharia and the Concept of Benefit by Abdul Aziz bin Sattam
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The idea of maslaha has a rich history in classical legal thought and literature. Conventionally translated into English as ‘general benefit’ or ‘general interest’, it has been the subject, over many centuries, of intense argument in Muslim legal manuals about how the concept should be constructed and how it might be interpreted. Some celebrated scholars have even elevated its status to an independent legal source; while other prominent jurists have spoken of the special strictures which need to be applied to maslaha when considering it within the overall framework of Islamic law. In this thorough and original treatment of the concept, Abdul Aziz bin Sattam offers the first sustained examination of one of the most important tenets of Sharia. Seeking to illuminate not only the intricacies of its application, but also the wider history which has shaped it, the author examines its foundations, theoretical underpinnings and the key debates in both classical and contemporary texts. His book will be a vital resource for all those with an interest in Islamic law, whether of the medieval or modern periods.
I.B.Tauris; February 2015
224 pages; ISBN 9780857736598
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Title: Sharia and the Concept of Benefit
Author: Abdul Aziz bin Sattam; Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem
 
ISBNs
0857736590
9780857736598
9781784530242