Law And Tradition In Classical Islamic Thought: Studies in Honor of Professor Hossein Modarressi

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

EditorMichael Cook, Asma Sayeed, Intisar Rabb

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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.

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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 surrou...

Michael Cook is Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.Najam Haider is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Barnard College/Columbia University.Intisar Rabb is an associate professor at New York University in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and at the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:348 pages, 11.08 × 6.29 × 0.96 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PART I: ISLAMIC LAW AND ITS SOURCES

References to the Shi'a in the Qur'an: Notes on Imami Exegesis and the 'Abu Basir Tradition'; E.Kohlberg

The Stylometric Approach to the Composition and Chronology of the Qur'an; B.Sadeki

Why Incline to the Left in Prayer?Sectarianism, Dialectic, and Archaeology in Imami Shi'ism; M.Cook

Shi'i Hadith Methodology in Shi'i Usuli Legal Argumentation; T.al-Jamil

Fatima and Abu Bakr: Inheritance Law in Sectarian Polemics; D.Soufi

'Alid Women in Hadith Literature: The Legacies of Sukayna bt. Al-Husayn and Nafisa bt. Al-Hasan b. Zayd; A.Sayeed

PART II: DISCOURSES ON ISLAMIC LAW

Ijtihad and Taqlid: Practice and Concept; R.Mottahedeh

The Discourses on Husn and Qubh in Sunni and Shi'i Jurisprudence; K.A.El Fadl

Mu'awiya in Medina: A Shafi'i-Zaydi Attack on the Integrity of Medinan 'Amal; N.Haider

When Jurists Disappear: The Social Logic of Legal Maxims; I.A.Rabb

PART III: INTELLECTUAL TRADITIONS

The Place of Logic in the Curriculum of the Khayrabadi School: From Imam-i Haqq to Muntakhab al-Haqq; A.Ahmed

Two Commentaries on Najm al-Din al-Katibi's al-Risala al-Shamsiyya; S.Schmitdke

Al-Hasan b. Musa al-Nawbakhti: Shi'i Theologian or Philosopher?; W.Madelung

Conversion and Law: A Muslim-Christian Comparison; R.Bulliet

Editorial Reviews

"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 "This volume represents an outstanding collection of closely argued and superbly documented papers on law, theology, and philosophy in medieval Islamic society. Rather than rehashing thrice-familiar debates, the authors focus on new or little-noticed problems. In so doing, they open up fresh perspectives on the complex intellectual world fashioned by Shi'ite, Sunni, Christian, and Jewish scholars. Altogether, a fitting tribute to the career of Prof. Modarressi." - R. Stephen Humphreys, Research Professor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara"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"A dazzling display of scholarship. This diverse and engaging set of studies will benefit anyone interested in the history of Islamic thought." - Marion Katz, associate professor, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University"A wonderful array of essays from an impressive list of contributors, including several promising young scholars as well as many well-established authorities, Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought bears testimony to Professor Modarressi's dedicated teaching and collegiate generosity over many years and in different academic institutions. The very range of the topics, from source studies to legal and historical traditions, is a tribute to a scholar with a formidable understanding of history in its widest sense." - Mohsen Ashtiany, Center for Iranian Studies, Columbia University