Islam and literalism : literal meaning and interpretation in Islamic legal theory
- Robert Gleave.
- Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xii, 212 p. ; 25 cm.
Law Library (Crown)
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- Gleave, R. (Robert)
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -207) and index.
- Preface-- 1. Understanding Literal Meaning-- 2. Literal Meaning and Scriptural Exegesis-- 3. Literal Meaning In Early Muslim Thought-- 4. Literal Meaning in Early Muslim Jurisprudence-- 5. Literal Meaning in Sunni Jurisprudence-- 6. Legal Literalism and Early Zahiri Legal Thought-- 7. Literalism and Ibn Iazm's Legal Theory-- 8. Literal Meaning in Early Sectarian Legal Theory-- 9. Literal Meaning in Classical Imami Legal Theory-- 10. Literal Meaning in Modern Muslim Legal Theory-- Conclusions-- Bibliography.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Literal meaning is what a text means in itself, regardless of what its author intends to convey or the reader understands to be its message. The idea of literal meaning, together with insights from modern semantic and pragmatic philosophers, informs this reading of Islamic legal hermeneutics. Robert Gleave explores various competing notions of literal meaning, linked to both theological doctrine and historical developments. The idea of a textOCOs literal meaning that rules over human attempts to understand GodOCOs message has become an element in discussions about who has the authority to interpret the revelatory texts, and how they can identify this meaning. This has resulted in a series of debates over the processing of legal meaning amongst modern Muslim legal theorists, which centre on the importance of defining, identifying and promulgating the literal meaning of the central texts of Islam.: Focuses on Islamic legal writings, with reference to Quranic exegesis (tafsir) and Arabic rhetorical works; Describes Muslim debates through the lens of modern Western linguistic philosophy; Structured chronologically along the lines of the development of Muslim conceptions of literal meaning.
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- One of the characteristics of the 'conservative religious revival' movements in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is the commitment to a scriptural text as the sole source of knowledge, and an insistence on the literal interpretation of this text. However little has been to done to investigate this phenomenon of interpretation which proposes the literal meaning as the only acceptable one. This book fills this gap with respect to Islam, looking both at literal meaning and literalism. The focus is on the tradition of Muslim legal writings: in this literature there exists a complex procedure of how to identify the literal meaning and the role it has in interpreting texts. The author also makes reference to Quranic exegesis (tafsir) and Arabic rhetorical works, since many of the ideas of legal hermeneutics were derived from these cognate traditions of learning. The overall aim is to take an important modern phenomenon (Muslim commitment to the literal meaning of the revelatory texts) and place it in an historical context. The Muslim debates analysed in the book are described through the prism of modern Western linguistic philosophy, and a chronology of the development of Muslim conceptions of literal meaning structures the book.
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