Reliance of the Traveller: Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law Hardcover – 1 Dec 1997
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Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) has always been a work held in high regard. It deals in particular with the Shaf'i school of jurisprudence (one of the four principle schools) citing the relevant evidences and explaining arguments in detail. It provides any reader with an invaluable resource to dip into and also a comprehensive groundwork if studied.
I was given this edition as a present recently and heartily recommend it.
On an negative side, the actual text itself does not have a sufficient commentary (if at all) in that matter I am in agreement with the previous reviewer as there are many controversial matters brought up in the original Arabic text that need further explanation, to not do so surely does a great hindrance to the book. There are many who will argue that this book was intended to be read with a qualified Islamic scholar, if that were the case then what was the point in making it a book available for worldwide distribution? This could have been easily avoided by making it simply a University syllabus book and not one for general public consumption.
Secondly the contentious matters brought up with regards to creed. Nuh Keller as with the original author of the Arabic text and most of the sources he cites belong to the Ashari school of Islamic creed while a minority in contemporary Muslim society belong to a creed followed by ibn Taymiyah and his student ibn al-Qayyim.Read more ›
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Very useful Shafi'i fiqh manual. And a fantastic appendix which discusses contemporary contentious issues.Published 3 months ago by Mr A Khan
It has been alleged by academic's that this translation omits the chapter on Slavery. If this is so.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen
Once again, I am using books like to further my knowledge of islam. Europeans need to know.Published 7 months ago by L. S. Robinson