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Ijmā῾ in the Risāla

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This chapter addresses Shāfiʿῑ's use and conception of Ijmā a term usually translated as 'consensus'. For Shāfiʿῑ, Ijmā represents material that is not, perhaps, identical with revelation, but closely linked, nonetheless, with the meaning and interpretation of it. Ijmā provides information on which one can rely to supplement interpretations of difficult passages in revealed texts, furnishing evidence of previously accepted meanings and derivations. In addition, in several passages setting forth his lists of authorities, Shāfiʿῑ expressly states that one can appeal to Ijmā in cases that require specialists to engage in legal reasoning. Thus, Shāfiʿῑ mostly uses Ijmā as a source of corroborative authority for interpretations of difficult passages from the revealed source texts. Shāfiʿῑ's use of the term Ijmā is consistent throughout the Risāla; it always refers to the agreement of scholars and specialists, never to the agreement of Muslims at large.

Keywords: Ijmā; Shāfiʿῑ



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