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Harvard Series in Islamic Law 2

The Islamic School of Law

Evolution, Devolution, and Progress

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674017849

Publication Date: 02/25/2006


Those who follow contemporary scholarship in Islamic history and law will immediately recognize the debates to which these articles are contributing—often in important ways. As a series of thought-provoking, if sometimes abstruse, articles on the subject of the madhhab, it is hard to fault this book. The essays speak to issues of great concern to contemporary Islamicists. They are substantive and meticulously edited. The index and bibliography are excellent. The authors have included a very helpful glossary that will be appreciated by non-Arabic speakers.—Clark Lombardi, Journal of Law and Religion

The bulk of this valuable book on the dynamic history of the interpretative communities known as madhāhib is by modern scholars who explore the origins and unique natures of the better known madhāhib, as well as their interrelationships and their relationship with political rulers.—Robert Dickson Crane, Muslim World Book Review

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