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Other titles in the Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History series:
Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought: Studies in Honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi (Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History)by Michael (edt) Cook
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Bringing together essays on topics related to Islamic law, this book is composed of articles by prominent legal scholars and historians of Islam. The authors cover a wide swath of issues, ranging from a detailed examination of Shi'i traditions governing legal interpretations about everyday affairs like prayer to the intellectual exchanges between Jewish and Muslim scholars of medieval Islamic tradition on works of logic. Taken together, these articles develop key inquiries concerning Islamic law in unique ways. They also exemplify a critical development in the field of Islamic Studies over the last few years: the proliferation of methodological approaches that employ a broad variety of sources to analyze social and political developments.
This collection brings together the work of some of the most prominent legal scholars and historians of Islam. The assembled articles cover a wide range of issues from debates over the Qur'anic text and issues of law to vibrant intellectual exchanges in philosophy and history. Taken together, these articles develop key inquiries surrounding Islamic law and tradition in unique ways. They also exemplify a critical development in the field of Islamic Studies over the last few decades: the proliferation of methodological approaches that employ a broad variety of sources to analyze social and political developments in classical Islam.
About the Author
Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His publications include Muslim Dogma (1981), The Koran: A Very Short Introduction (2000) and, most recently, Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islam (2001) which won the Albert Hourani Book Award as the year's most notable book in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. In 2002, Professor Cook was awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Najam Haider is currently an Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department at Franklin and Marshall College, where he teaches courses in Islamic studies and history. He completed his PhD at Princeton University in 2007 and has published articles focusing on Islamic historiography and the emergence of sectarian identity. His research interests include Islamic law, Shi'ism, and the impact of colonization on modern Islamic political and religious discourse.
Intisar A. Rabb recently joined the law faculty of Boston College Law School, where she teaches in areas of criminal law, constitutional law, and Islamic and comparative law. She is also a research affiliate at Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program, and a 2009 Carnegie Scholar. Her research interests include Islamic law and legal history, comparative law, and the history of the Qur'anic text. She completed a JD from Yale Law School and is completing her PhD at Princeton University with a dissertation entitled Doubt's Benefit: Legal Maxims in Islamic Law.
Asma Sayeed is currently Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department at Lafayette College, where she teaches courses in Islamic Studies and world religions. She completed her PhD at Princeton University in the Near Eastern Studies department. Her specialties and interests are in early and classical Islamic history, Muslim women's studies, classical Islamic education, and Islamic law. She has published articles on women and religious learning in classical Islam and is now preparing a book manuscript entitled Shifting Fortunes: Women and Hadith Transmission in Islamic History.
Table of Contents
Part One: Islamic Law and Its Sources * References to the Shia in the Quran: Notes on Imami Exegesis and the “Abu Basir Tradition”--Etan Kohlberg * The Stylometric Approach to the Composition and Chronology of the Quran--Behnam Sadeki * Why Incline to the Left in Prayer? Sectarianism, Dialectic, and Archaeology in Imami Shi‘ism--Michael Cook * Shii Hadith Methodology in Shii Usuli Legal Argumentation--Tariq al-Jamil * Fatima and Abu Bakr: Inheritance Law in Sectarian Polemics--Denise Soufi * ‘Alid Women in Hadith Literature: The Legacies of Sukayna bt. Al-Husayn and Nafisa bt. Al-Hasan b. Zayd--Asma Sayeed * Part Two: Discourses on Islamic Law * Ijtihad and Taqlid: Practice and Concept--Roy Mottahedeh * The Discourses on Husn and Qubh in Sunni and Shii Jurisprudence--Khaled Abou El Fadl * Muawiya in Medina: A Shafii-Zaydi Attack on the Integrity of Medinan ‘Amal--Najam Haider * When Jurists Disappear: The Social Logic of Legal Maxims--Intisar A. Rabb * Part Three: Intellectual Traditions * The Place of Logic in the Curriculum of the Khayrabadi School: From Imam-i Haqq to Muntakhab al-Haqq--Asad Ahmed * Two Commentaries on Najm al-Din al-Katibis al-Risala al-Shamsiyya--Sabine Schmitdke * Al-Hasan b. Musa al-Nawbakhti: Shii Theologian or Philosopher?--Wilferd Madelung * Conversion and Law: A Muslim-Christian Comparison--Richard Bulliet
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