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This book argues that the Risāla pursues a surprisingly coherent theoretical claim over the course of the entire work. It exhibits an organizational framework that seems to correspond very closely to that theoretical claim, suggesting self-conscious composition, editing, and final redaction, in writing, by the author. The Risāla is divided into discussions of discrete topics, and the organization of these topics reveals a well-conceived plan. Khadduri, the Risāla's translator, placed the discussion of epistemology after the discussion of the baϒān, because he considered epistemology an introductory topic. Khadduri also divided the discussion of prohibitions into two parts and moved one of its parts ahead of Shāfiʿī's general discussion of hermeneutical problems that affect the Sunna.

Keywords: Khadduri; Risāla; Shāfiʿī



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