Synopses & Reviews
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.
"An inspiring, innovative, and bold collection of first-rate studies on a wide array of topics in Islamic intellectual history, from Qur'an and Law, to tradition and history, to philosophy and ethics, and from medieval source analyses to contemporary reflections on Islam and human rights. This is an earnest work worthy of being a salute to Hossein Modarressi and his significant contributions to Islamic studies." - Wadad Kadi, The Avalon Foundation Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic Studies, the University of Chicago
'Straddling generations of some of the most accomplished scholars, and venturing into some of the most interesting crooks and crannies of scholarship, this work is a fine and valuable contribution to Islamic Studies, certain to contribute handsomely to the field.' - Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
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
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: Source Studies
Chapter 1 The Abu Ba?ir Tradition: Qur'anic Verses on the Merits of the Shi'a - Etan Kohlberg
Chapter 2 Criteria for Emending the Text of the Quran - Behnam Sadeghi
Chapter 3 Mu?awiya In Medina: The Study of a Tradition - Najam Haider
Part Two: Shi?i Tradition
Chapter 4 The Kitab al-wa?iyya of ?Isa b. al-Mustafad: The History of a Text - Hassan Ansari
Chapter 5 Women in Imami ?adith Collections - Asma Sayeed
Chapter 6 Why Incline to the Left in Prayer? Sectarianism, Dialectic, and Archaeology in Imami Shi 'ism - Michael Cook
Part Three: Islamic Legal Traditions
Chapter 7 Dissent and Uncertainty in the Process of Legal Norm Construction in Muslim Sunni Law - Baber Johansen
Chapter 8 Islamic Legal Minimalism: Legal Maxims and Lawmaking when Jurists Disappear - Intisar A. Rabb
Chapter 9 Cultivating Human Rights: Islamic Law and the Humanist Imperative - Khaled Abou El Fadl
Part Four: Philosophical Traditions
Chapter 10 Ya?ya b. 'Adi's Discussion of the Prolegomena to the Study of a Philosophical Text - Robert Wisnovsky
Chapter 11 Two Commentaries on Najm al-Din al-Katibi's al-Risala al-Shamsiyya, Copied in the Hand of David b. Joshua Maimonides' (fl. ca. 1335-1410 CE) - Sabine Schmitdke
Chapter 12 Logic in the Khayrabadi School of India: A Preliminary Exploration - Asad Ahmed
Part Five: Historical Traditions
Chapter 13 The Eastern Travels of Solomon - Roy Mottahedeh
Chapter 14 Al-?asan b. Musa al-Nawbakhti on the Views of Astronomers and Astrologers - Wilferd Madelung
Chapter 15 Conversion and Law: A Muslim-Christian Comparison - Richard Bulliet
Part Six: The Scholarly Output of Professor Hossein Modarressi
List of Publications
A Bibliographical Note on Persian Works - Hossein Kamaly