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Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

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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 Sunnah—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.

Dr. Mohammad Hashim 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 are: Islamic Commercial LawFreedom of Expression in IslamThe Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective, and Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam.

‘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

Table of Contents


Introduction to Usul al-Fiqh


The First Source of Shari’ah: The Qur’an


The Sunnah


Rules of Interpretation I: Deducing the Law from its Sources


Rules of Interpretation II: al-Dalalat (Textual Implications)


Commands and Prohibitions


Naskh (Abrogation)


Ijma’ (Consensus of Opinion)


Qiyas (Analogical Deduction)


Revealed Laws Preceding the Shari’ah of Islam


The Fatwa of a Companion


Istihsan (Equity in Islamic Law)


Maslahah Mursalah (Considerations of Public Interest)


Urf (Custom)


Istishab (Presumption of Continuity)


Sadd al-Dhara’i’ (Blocking the Means)


Hukm Shar’i (Law or Value of Shari’ah)


Conflict of Evidences


Ijtihad (Personal Reasoning)


A New Scheme for Usul al-Fiqh

About the Author:

Prof Mohammad H. Kamali is Chairman of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was formerly Professor of Law at the International Islamic University Malaysia, where he taught Islamic law and jurisprudence for over twenty years.

Author: Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Publisher: Islamic Texts Society
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0946621829
ISBN-13: 978-0946621828
Paperback: 550 pages