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Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence [Paperback]

Mohammad Hashim Kamali
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Dec 2002 0946621829 978-0946621828 3rd Revised edition
This third edition of the best-selling title 'Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence' has been completely revised and substantially enlarged. In this work, Prof Kamali offers us the first detailed presentation available in English of the theory of Muslim law ('usul al-fiqh'). Often regarded as the most sophisticated of the traditional Islamic disciplines, Islamic jurisprudence is concerned with the way in which the rituals and laws of religion are derived from the Qur'an and the 'Sunna' - the precedent of the Prophet. Written as a university textbook, 'Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence' is distinguished by its clarity and readability; it is an essential reference work not only for students of Islamic law, but also for anyone with an interest in Muslim society or in issues of comparative jurisprudence.

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  • Paperback: 572 pages
  • Publisher: The Islamic Texts Society; 3rd Revised edition edition (Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946621829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946621828
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The best thing of its kind I have ever seen. Exactly the kind of thing I have wanted for years to put into the hands of students.' Professor Charles Adams (McGill University); 'This book is a valuable addition to existing Islamic jurisprudential literature in English ... remarkably successful.' The Muslim World Book Review.

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Dr Mohammad H. Kamali is Professor of Law at the International Islamic University Malaysia, where he has been teaching Islamic law and jurisprudence since 1985. Among his other works published by the Islamic Texts Society is 'Freedom of Expression in Islam'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful. 16 Sep 2012
By Slim24
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I used this whilst studying introductory Islamic Law. This book sets the basis on each source of law and provides a lot of detail on the sources. Very good on usul al-fiqh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent work 21 Jan 2005
By A Customer
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A truly magnificent book which in a relatively short number of pages explains the foundations of Islamic Jurisprendence and the numerous different sources and principles that are gone through before legal ruling are arrived at. One is left in awe of the Professor's knowledge and that of the great Muslim scholars of the past 1400 years and how intricate and detailed their knowledge had to be to derive legal rulings from Islamic texts such as the Quran and Hadith and the amazing breath and depth of traditional Islamic scholarship. The book is very academic and can be hard going for the layperson (ideally it would have copious notes explaining what is only given in shorthand). At the very least it should give readers (Muslim and Non-Muslims alike) some humility and realisation that numerous disciplines need to be mastered before one can make rulings about Islam or commentaries on the Quran - even just knowing Arabic is not enough!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now we shall Know 31 May 2012
By joe lee
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Member of the Democratic EDL/BFP disgusted by the arogance of Islam and the fact that the uk is giving it's country away after fighting for iot's freedom so many times,studing Islam as the saying goes Keep your freinds close and your Enemys closer
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treatise on Islamic law, its sources and history 27 July 2005
By Francesco Lovecchio - Published on Amazon.com
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This 390 pages book is a dense compendium (or treatise) of Islamic law for students and scholars. It is not for beginners and it is a tough reading. Since this textbook is for student of Islamic law written by an Islamic lawyer, this book assumes that the reader has a basic knowledge of both Qur'an and Shariah. The author is professor of law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, founded in the 80s to be a center of excellence in several fields and sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Conference and other governments. The main language at the University is English and this text is mainly catered for those students. In the preface, the author says he had initiated the book while he was teaching Islamic Law to postgraduate students at McGill University in Montreal. However, it does not offer international comparisons with other Western legal systems. The book devotes a lot of space to the rules of interpretations of the law within a historical context. So you get Islamic law and history to explain its developments within the several traditions in the Islamic world. It is divided in 19 chapters that span from the Source of the law (Quar'an and Sunnah); Rules of interpretations; Abrogation; Analogical deduction; Revealed laws preceding the Shariah; Equity in Islamic law; Public interest; Custom; Conflict of evidences etc. The author shows a scholarly detachment from the subject and therefore don't expect moral judgments of value on a specific norm, whether it is right or wrong, but only a legal analysis. It is a worthy reading for those who have an interest, other than in Islamic law, in Political Science, International relations and Islamic civilization.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Its Kind 31 Dec 2000
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Islamic Law, either Muslim or not. To my knowledge, it is the best book available of its kind in the english language. In these days of many extremes, it is essential to erase our ignorance with knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A five star contribution to the understanding of Islamic law 11 May 2007
By Gogol - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book covering the principles of 'Usul al-Fiqh' or the fundamentals of Islamic jurisprudence according to the four sunni schools of Islam.

The book begins with an introduction to the principles of Islamic jurisprudence and a short history of its development before the author covers its understanding (which is far more complicated than what some modern so called 'experts' on the middle east (and yes, I am talking about Pipes (a man who thinks Muhammad may have not even existed! (see his reviews) and the rabble of pseudo 'scholars' (such as the author of 'Politically incorrect guide') who cant even speak a word of Arabic and the equally useless (unless your a tabloid journalist) fanatics would have you believe)

The author further covers the development of Usul during the last few centuries especially concerning the controversial issue of Ijtihad and the attempts over the centuries to revive it.

An excellent read but not one that can be taken lightly. It will need to be read and read again, this is a book for serious study.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on this discipline in English 7 Nov 2010
By yunush - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Hashim Kamali's book is a marvelous adaptation of Islamic Fiqh (jurisprudence) in English. I have read through this book extensively, benefited from it greatly, and enjoyed the high literacy quality of this work. He does indeed make use of Arabic words and expressions frequently and that is absolutely needed; all of the reputed work on Islamic Fiqh is in Arabic and he does a painstakingly excellent job of transmitting the soul of the original texts (mainly in Arabic) into English. People complaining about the excessive use of Arabic words in this book perhaps needs to read through the Preface where he provides a great exposition of the need to use the traditional Arabic terms and makes it clear that due to the meticulous nature of the subject, it is important to retain the most important terms and expressions in Arabic upon which the Principles of Fiqh is erected. I give this book very high marks since it has almost no competitors (in English language) in this discipline. Caution should be also exercised since it is not a "casual reading" book; you'll need to pay attention and take good notes. Each page can easily take 3-4 minutes to read. I also wish that Kamali had given more examples in several sections. A great addition to the book will be some sort of Questions or Exercises at the culmination of each chapter. The footnotes and references are well organized and thoroughly researched. You would almost need to read this book more than once to retain the contents due to its complex and deep nature of dicussion. Lastly, this book cannot be simply read and understood by an individual alone unless he/she has the required credentials (e.g. have a good grasp of various Islamic disciplines); for the most part, it is best to study this as part of the course with a qualified teacher so that the book's text can be explained when there's is confusion or lack of clarity. I give the highest rating to this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 13 Jan 2012
By Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
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The author of this book is simply a genius, who has allot of knowledge on Islamic Jurisprudence. He is very clear, and it is easy to understand if you have some basic knowledge of Islamic law. Most likely the best book I have ever read on this subject.
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