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The analysis of Akhbārī writings demonstrates the variety of juristic opinion within the Akhbārī school. Some Akhbārīs were more receptive to that tradition, incorporating key ideas which formed part of the uṣūl canon. Uṣūlīs were expressed both in varying degrees of enthusiasm for the structure and terminology of works of uṣūl al-fiqh, and the elastic extent to which the paradigms of the uṣūl genre were accommodated within Akhbārī jurisprudence. In terms of Akhbarism's legacy, the Shaykhiyya have been suggested as an influential Shīʿī movement which emerged out of the Akhbārī school. Shaykh Ahmad's successful efforts in spreading this new challenge to Usulism, and his public condemnation by the Uṣūlī ʿulamāʾ made the Shaykhiyya the natural alternative to the Uṣūlīyya. Akhbārī legal theory may have seemed too much of a risk, too easily abused by those who wished to undermine their position as inheritors of the Imams position within Shīʿī society.

Keywords: Akhbari school; Shīʿī society; Shaykhiyya; uṣūl al-fiqh; Uṣūl canon



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