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In the struggle of the legal sources for recognition, the exponents of "analogy" and "opinion", as well as their rivals, were extremely anxious to produce for their point of view of the methods of Islamic jurisprudence weighty arguments from the Sacred Book, from the traditions of the Prophet, and from the words and actions of the companions. However, the sober, impartial exegesis resisted all attempts to read into the Koran statements on methods of investigation which developed later, and which still lay entirely outside the scope of Islamic relevation. But scholastic exegesis was strongly inclined to meddle with the problematic meaning of the most naive Koranic passages. Attempts were also made to derive a special legal basis for ijma from the Koran. The author states that the opponents of the speculative school, more so than its followers, were eagerly attempting to justify their respective views on the basis of the Koran.

Keywords: ijma; Islam; Koran; scholastic exegesis



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