1255 - The Zahid 'Ali collection 1b. The Fyzee Manuscript
2. The epistle
3. The motivation for the epistle's composition
4. The date of the epistle's composition
5. Partial translation into English and analysis of the epistle's introduction 5.1 fol. 2a: The tutor and the Fatimid caliph's sons 5.2 Fols 2a - 2b: Al-Qadi al-Nu'man's intervention 5.3 Fols. 2b - 3b Ibn Qutayba's legal formulas 5.4 Fols. 3b - 4b Al-Qadi al-Nu'man's arguments against his opponent 5.5 Fols. 4b - 7a: The importance of the Jurists' dissertations 5.6 Fols. 7a - 8b: The refutation of contemporary Malikite scholars
6. Conclusion: The total refutation of Ibn Qutayba and his Adab al-Katib
7. Editing the text Abbreviations and Bibliography for the introduction.
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This is an edition of an early Shiite/Fatimid Arabic epistle that includes a controversy pertaining to several issues on Islamic law. Al-Qadi al-Nu'man (d. 363/974), the most famoust jurist of the early Fatimid period refutes the illustious Ibn Qutayba (d. 276/889). In his book Adab al-Katib, Ibn Qutayba claimed that it was enough for civil servants (kuttab) to memorize a few legal formulas in order to be able to effectively do their work without the need of long dissertations on law from jurists. In the introduction to his epistle, al-Nu'man claims that without these dissertations the civil servants would not be able to apply the law correctly. Following this, al-Nu'man launches lengthy dissertations on each one of the succinct formulas listed by Ibn Qutayba. The main argument of al-Nu'man is that the only lawgivers in Islam are the prophet Muhammad and the Imams descendents of Ali (until the seventh Imam). (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Providing a comprehensive and accessible examination of Shari'ah Law, this well considered introduction examines the sources, characteristic features, and schools of thought of a system often stereotyped for its severity in the West. In a progressive and graduated fashion, Mohammad Hashim Kamali discusses topics ranging from juristic disagreement to independent reasoning. Also broaching more advanced topics such as the principle of legality and the role and place of Shari'ah-oriented policy, Kamali controversially questions whether Islam is as much of a law-based religion as it has often been made out to be. Complete with a bibliography and glossary, and both a general index and an index of Arabic quotations, this wide-ranging exploration will prove an indispensable resource for Islamic students and scholars, and an informative guide to a complex topic for the general reader. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Ignaz Goldziher wrote his book ""Die Zahiriten"" in 1883. The English translation of this standard work on Islamic jurisprudence appeared in 1971. The book has been in print ever since. This new edition in the ""Brill Classics in Islam"" series shows that The Zahiris has not lost any of its actuality.