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'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Amr al-Awza'i (Makers of the Muslim World)

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A comprehensive study of an often overlooked figure in the history of Islamic thought, whose influence on aspects of Islamic law endures to this day.

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'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Amr al-Awza'i (c.707-774) was Umayyad Syria's most influential jurist, part of a generation of scholars who began establishing the first formal structures for the preservation and dissemination of religious knowledge. Following the Abbasid revolution, they provided a point of stability in otherwise unstable times.

Despite his close ties to the old regime, al-Awza'i continued to participate in legal and theological matters in the Abbasid era. Although his immediate impact would prove short-lived, his influence on aspects of Islamic law, particularly the laws of war, endures to this day.

Contents:

Foreword
Introduction
Al-Awza‘i's Biography

1 THE SOURCES

2 AL-AWZA‘I'S JURISPRUDENCE

  • Law in the Formative Period of Islam
  • Al-Awza‘i's Fiqh
  • Evaluating Al-Awza‘i as a Legal Scholar

3 AL-AWZA‘I'S SCHOLARLY MILIEU

  • Pro-Umayyad Friends and Rivals
  • The Hanafis: Al-Awza‘i's Foes
  • The Malikis

4 AL-AWZA‘I'S THEOLOGY

  • Damascus as a Theological Center
  • Al-Awza‘i's Theological Views
  • Al-Awza‘i and the Qadarites
  • Conclusions: Al-Awza‘i's Theology

5 AL-AWZA‘I AND THE POLITICAL ELITE

  • Al-Awza‘i and the Umayyads
  • Surviving the Fall of the Umayyads and the Abbasid Revolution
  • Al-Awza‘i and the Abbasids
  • Al-Awza‘i's Post-Revolutionary Life
  • Conclusion: Evaluating Al-Awza‘i as a Political Figure

6 AL-AWZA‘I'S LEGACY

  • Al-Awza‘i's Students
  • Al-Awza‘i's Regional Persistence
  • Al-Awza‘i's Legal Legacy
  • Al-Awza‘i in Modern Times

Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

About The Author

Steven C. Judd is Professor of Middle East History at Southern Connecticut State University. He has been studying early Islamic law and theology, especially during the Umayyad period, for over twenty years, and is the author of Religious Scholars and the Umayyads. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

 
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EAN 13 / ISBN9781786076854
BindingHardback
Author Steven C. Judd
PublisherOneworld Academic
Pages144
Year Published2019
Height8.5 Inches
Width5.3 Inches
Length0.6 Inches
 
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