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The front matter section of this book Early Islamic Legal Theory: The Risāla of Muḥammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʾī contains the table of contents, acknowledgments and abbreviations. The book offers an interpretation of an early Arabic writing on Islamic legal theory, the Risāla ("Epistle") of Muḥammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʾī (d. 204/820). Shāfiʾī's legal theory, or more precisely, his legal hermeneutics, the identification of legal norms in revealed texts, in addition to describing macro- and micro-structures of the religious law of Islam, also includes a nuanced legal epistemology, and develops and consistently employs a coherent and productive set of technical terms, possibly for the first time in the history of Islamic law.

Keywords: Early Islamic Legal Theory; Islamic law; Muḥammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʾī



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