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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which has begun with several questions about the Ẓāhirī madhhab and made three main contributions to our knowledge and understanding of its history and doctrines. These questions included whether we can study Ẓāhirism without exclusive reliance on Ibn Ḥazm's writings, what the term ẓāhir meant in the 3rd/9th century, and why Ẓāhirism failed to survive. It raised the question of what we can actually learn about the founder of the madhhab, Dāwūd ibnʿAlī ibn Khalaf al-Iṣbahānī al-Ẓāhirī, and how this may confirm or call into question what is generally held apropos his scholarly profile and juridical thought. The conclusions summarize and expand on the findings of all the chapters of the book. It was the author's intention to discuss the all-important questions in a separate chapter on the contemporary rehabilitation of the madhhab either by individual jurists or institutions.

Keywords: Ẓāhirī madhhab; Ẓāhirism; Dāwūd; Ibn Ḥazm's writings; juridical thought



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