The Epistle on Legal Theory (Library of Arabic Literature) by Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafii,Joseph E. Lowry

By Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafii,Joseph E. Lowry

The Epistle on felony Theory is the oldest surviving Arabic paintings on Islamic criminal conception and the foundational record of Islamic jurisprudence. Its writer, Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (d. 204H/820AD), was once the eponymous founding father of the Shafi'i felony college, one of many 4 rites in Sunni Islam. This attention-grabbing paintings bargains the 1st systematic remedy in Arabic of key matters in Islamic criminal suggestion. those comprise a survey of the significance of Arabic because the language of revelation, rules of textual interpretation to be utilized to the Qur’an and prophetic Traditions, options for harmonizing it sounds as if contradictory precedents, criminal epistemology, ideas of inference, and events during which criminal interpretation is needed. the writer illustrates his theoretical claims with a variety of examples drawn from approximately all components of Islamic legislations, together with ritual, advertisement legislations, tort legislations, and legal law.
The textual content therefore offers a huge window into either Islamic legislation and criminal concept ordinarily and early Islamic highbrow heritage specifically. The Arabic textual content has been proven at the foundation of the 2 most vital severe versions and comprises versions within the notes, whereas the English textual content is a brand new translation by way of a number one student of Shafi'i and his thought. The Epistle on felony Theory represents one of many earliest entire works on Islamic legislation, person who is centrally vital for the formation of Islamic felony suggestion and the Islamic criminal tradition.

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