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It is widely accepted within the circle of Islamic jurisprudence that usul fiqh has become a theoretical discipline studied as a part of legal heritage rather than a tool to regulate and encourage ijtihad............. Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
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This book offers a detailed presentation of the theory of Muslim law (usul al-figh). Often regarded as the most sophisticated of the traditional Islamic disciplines, Muslim jurisprudence is concerned with the way in which the rituals and laws of religion are derived from the Qur'an and the Sunna - the precedent of the Prophet. Revelation, which is given to man to restore unity and help him achieve a just and devout order in society as well as in the soul, must be interpreted so as to render it practicable in every culture, while not betraying its spirit and immutable provisions. To achieve this, additional sources of legal authority are recognized, including consensus (ijma), analogical deduction (qiyas), public interest (maslaha) and local customary precedent (urf). In employing these, the jurist guards the five principles which it is the purpose of Islamic law to uphold, namely, the right to life, sound mind, property, lineage and religion.
Pelanduk Publications, Kuala Lumpur, 1989, pp xxii + 524. The Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, UK, published the 2nd revised edn. of this book in 1991. Reprint by Ilmiah Publishers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2002.
This is the first work in the English Language to deal specifically with the subject of equality and fairness in Islamic Law. The Author relates these concepts to the Islamic legal notion of istihsan, thus taking them back to the origin in the Quran, the saying of the Prophet Muhammad and the era of the Companion of the Prophet in the first two centuries of Islam.
By Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Islamic Texts Society, 2005, pp x + 141. Also Kuala Lumpur: Ilmiah Publishers, 2006.