Al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharīʽa, volume I : premises (translation and analysis)

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Title: Al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharīʽa, volume I : premises (translation and analysis)
Author: Lord, Christopher Stuart
Abstract: Abū Isḥāq Ibrāhīm b . Mūsā b . Muḥammad al -Lakhmī al -Shāṭibī al -Gharnāṭī – „al -Shāṭibī‟ – was a fourteenth century Granadan Mālikī religio -legal theorist and jurisconsult . His best known work – al -Muwāfaqāt fī uṣūl al -sharīʽa – proposed a significant reinterpretation of religio -legal epistemology and hermeneutics emphasizing a holistic reading of scripture focusing on the divine purposes [maqāṣid] underlying specific ethico -legal rulings . Although barely noticed over several centuries , Shāṭibī‟s work has , in the last century , gained the attention of Islamic religio -legal reformers , who see in it an anticipation of their project . Al -Muwāfaqāt , Shāṭibī‟s attempt to identify and analyze the fundamental principles of religious jurisprudence , is divided into five volumes – Premises , Religio -legal Categories , Purposes of the Divine Law , Legal Indicants , and Jurisprudential Expertise . The first volume articulates and defends the vii thirteen premises [muqaddamāt] that form the basis for Shāṭibī‟s theory of religious law . This thesis comprises a translation and analysis of that first volume . The translation is generously supplemented by bracketed syntactic and referential glosses to facilitate comprehension and readability . The analytical commentary attempts to provide some clarification of the gist of the argument as well as modest interpretation . A brief introduction offers an overall interpretation of the significance of the work as well as some background necessary to make sense of the author‟s discussion .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -12 -531
Date: 2010-09-20

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Al-Muwāfaqāt fī Uṣūl al-Sharīʽa, volume I : premises (translation and analysis). Master's thesis, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -12 -531 .

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