"This is a very accurate and eloquent translation. Al-Shafi'i's language is notoriously ambiguous and many of his phrases and expressions carry multiple possible meanings... The translator's use of suitable English terms makes the text easy to read, unburdened by transliterations or overly cumbersome terminology." --Ahmed El Shamsy, University of Chicago
Joseph E. Lowry is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include Early Islamic Legal Theory: The Risala of Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafiʾi. His research and publications focus on the Qurʾan, Islamic law, and Arabic literature. Before becoming an academic he was an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C.