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Author El Shamsy, Ahmed, 1976-

Title The canonization of Islamic law : a social and intellectual history / Ahmed El Shamsy, The University of Chicago.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
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Description ix, 253 pages ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent.
unmediated n rdamedia.
volume nc rdacarrier.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-243) and index.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Note on dates, places, and terms -- Introduction -- I. Cultural remembrance transformed. 1. Tradition under siege -- 2. Debates on Hadith and consensus -- 3. From local community to universal canon -- II. Community in crisis. 4. Status, power, and social upheaval -- 5. Scholarship between persecution and patronage -- III. Foundations for a new community. 6. Authorship, transmission, and intertextuality -- 7. A community of interpretation -- 8. Canonization beyond the Shāfiʻī school -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary "Tells the story of the birth of classical Islamic law in the eight and ninth centuries CE. It shows how an oral normative tradition embedded in communal practice was transformed into a systematic legal science defined by hermeneutic analysis of a clearly demarcated scriptural canon. This transformation was inaugurated by the innovative legal theory of Muhammad b. Idrīs al-Shāfiʻī (d. 820 CE), and it took place against the background of a crisis of identity and religious authority in ninth-century Egypt. By tracing the formulation, reception, interpretation, and spread of al-Shāfiʻī ideas, Ahmed El Shamsy demonstrates how the canonization of scripture that lay at the heart of al-Shāfiʻī's theory formed the basis for the emergence of legal hermeneutics, the formation of the Sunni schools of law, and the creation of shared methodological basis in Muslim thought"--Unedited summary from book cover.
Subject Islamic law -- History.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628.
ISBN 9781107041486 (hbk.)
1107041481 (hbk.)