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Author Sadeghi, Behnam, 1969-

Title The logic of law-making in Islam : women and prayer in the legal tradition / Behnam Sadeghi
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 306 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization
Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization
Contents 1. A general model -- 2. Preliminaries -- 3. Women praying with men: adjacency -- 4. Women praying with women -- 5. Women praying with men: communal prayers -- 6. The historical development of Hanafi reasoning -- 7. From laws and values -- 8. The logic of law making
Summary "This pioneering study examines the process of reasoning in Islamic law. Some of the key questions addressed here include whether sacred law operates differently from secular law, why laws change or stay the same and how different cultural and historical settings impact the development of legal rulings. In order to explore these questions, the author examines the decisions of thirty jurists from the largest legal tradition in Islam: the Hanafi school of law. He traces their rulings on the question of women and communal prayer across a very broad period of time - from the eighth to the eighteenth century - to demonstrate how jurists interpreted the law and reconciled their decisions with the scripture and the sayings of the Prophet. The result is a fascinating overview of how Islamic law has evolved and the thinking behind individual rulings"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Islamic law -- Methodology
Islamic law -- Philosophy
Islamic law -- Interpretation and construction
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
Islamic law -- Interpretation and construction.
Islamic law -- Methodology.
Islamic law -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781139782401 (electronic bk.)
1139782401 (electronic bk.)
9780511920509 (electronic bk.)
0511920504 (electronic bk.)
1299842364 (ebk)
9781299842366 (ebk)