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Groundwork of the Moral Law: A New Look at the Qur'ān and the Genesis of Sharī'a

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By reevaluating modernist assumptions in Islamicist scholarship and in Western moral and legal philosophy, I arrive at the conclusion that the Qur'ān was a source of Islamic law since the early Meccan period, when the Prophet Muhammad began to receive the Revelation. This conclusion, supported by extensive evidence from the Qur'ān itself, compels a modification in the standard narrative about the genesis of Islamic law.

Affiliations: 1: Columbia University, Dept. of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, MC 9628, 606 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027


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