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The Spirit of Islamic Law is the fifth book in Georgia's Spirit of Laws series, which illuminates the nature of legal systems throughout the world.

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About The Book

This study focuses on a Muslim legal science known in Arabic as usul al-fiqh. Whereas the kindred science of fiqh is concerned with the articulation of actual rules of law, this science elaborates the theoretical and methodological foundations of the law.

The Spirit of Islamic Law outlines the prominent features of Muslim juristic thought: espousal of divine sovereignty; a fixation on divine texts; an uncompromisingly intentionalist approach to the interpretation of those texts; a frank acknowledgment of the fallibility of human endeavor to capture divine intent; a toleration of legal diversity; a moralistic bent grounded in a particular social vision; and finally, a preoccupation with the affairs of private individuals―especially family relations and contracts―coupled with a concern to define the limits of governmental power.

About The Author

BERNARD G. WEISS is a professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the Middle East Center of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is the author and editor of several books, including The Search for God's Law.
 
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EAN 13 / ISBN9780820328270
BindingPaperback
AuthorBernard G. Weiss
PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
Pages232
Year Published2006
Height9.0 Inches
Width6.0 Inches
Length0.5 Inches
 
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