On Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence
By Professor Muhammad Mustafa Al-Azami
Paperback 238 Pages
ISBN : 9780946621460
Publisher : Islamic Texts Society (ITS), Cambridge UK
About The Book
This in-depth study presents a detailed analysis and critique of the classic Western work on the origins of Islamic law, Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence. Azami’s work examines the sources used by Schacht to develop his thesis on the relation of Islamic law to the Qur’an, and exposes fundamental flaws in Schacht’s methodology that led to the conclusions unsupported by the texts examined. This book is an important contribution to Islamic legal studies from an Islamic perspective.
About The Author
Professor Muhammad Mustafa Al-Azami, was one of the world's premier scholars of Hadith, born in Mau, India in the early 1930s and received his education successively at Dar al-Ulum Deoband, India (1952), al-Azhar University, Cairo (M.A., 1955), and University of Cambridge (Ph.D., 1966).
He was Professor Emeritus at King Sa'ud University (Riyadh) where he also chaired the department of Islamic Studies; he had Saudi citizenship.
Al-Azami served as curator of the National Public Library, Qatar; Associate Professor at Umm al-Qura University (Makkah); Visiting Scholar at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); Visiting Fellow at St. Cross College (University of Oxford); King Faisal Visiting Professor for Islamic Studies at Princeton; and Visiting Scholar at University of Colorado (Boulder). He was also an Honorary Professor at University of Wales (Lampeter).
Many of al-Azami's works have been translated internationally, and his forthcoming works include The Qur'anic Challenge: A Promise Fulfilled, and The Isnad System: Its Origins and Authenticity.
In 1980 he was the recipient of the prestigious King Faisal International Award for Islamic Studies.
His Literary Legacy:
Among his credited works are
- al-Ilal of Ibn al-Madini
- Kitab at-Tamyiz of Imam Muslim
- Maghazi Rasulullah of Urwah ibn Zubayr
- Muwatta Imam Malik
- Sahih ibn Khuzaimah, and
- Sunan ibn Majah.
He died in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on early Wednesday 20 December 2017. May Allah Grant him Maghfirah and the Highest Place in Jannah.
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