USUL AL FIQH AL ISLAMI: SOURCE METHODOLOGY IN ISLAMIC JURISPRUDENCE


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  • USUL AL FIQH AL ISLAMI: SOURCE METHODOLOGY IN ISLAMIC JURISPRUDENCE


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    A Word From the Editors

    Legal studies in any language pose problems to
    authors and readers alike. In translation, those same problems are compounded,
    even many times over at some places in the text, so that quite often the result
    is, to say the least, disappointing. Unfortunately, with regard to English
    translations of classical works of the Islamic intellectual heritage, this sort
    of disappointment has been the rule rather than the exception.

    Certainly, to the student of Usul al Fiqh this disappointment has
    been all the more acute. While translations of classical works in the field are
    non-existent, with the shining exception of professor Khadduri's
    excellent rendition of al Imam al Shafi'i's Risalah,
    there is as yet no general and systematic study of the discipline in English. Even
    survey literature on the subject is scarce.

    Yet, despite this near desperate situation, the
    International Institute of Islamic Thought has not published the present volume
    merely in order to fill a void in the library. Rather, it is in recognition of
    the dynamics of intellectual reform, and of the role of Ijtihad
    in that process, that the Institute is undertaking to publish a series of works
    by its President, Dr. Taha Jabir al 'Alwani, on the subject of al Usul and, in particular, Ijtihad.

    This volume should be understood as an overview of
    the field, and as an introduction to the classical discipline. Subsequent
    volumes, however, will, In Sha'a Allah, present much that is original, and
    even vital. For it is the conviction of the Institute that the source
    methodology developed by the scholars of al
    Usul
    for dealing with and interpreting
    the texts of the Qur'an and Sunnah is what now needs
    to be placed before our Muslim social scientists so that they, with this
    important and versatile tool in hand, may proceed to fashion the outlines of a
    new relevancy for Islam.

    Certainly, for our part, we can only hope that we
    have succeeded in making the text clear. Moreover, we have taken pains to
    include a full Subject Index, with the help of Cindex
    version 4.0 software, that should prove useful to
    specialist and generalist alike. Also, while the Arabic edition of this book
    was published with topic headings, it was not divided into chapters. In the
    interest of clarity, we have divided the work into chapters by converting,
    where necessary, topic headings into chapter headings; and by adding brief
    explanatory notes. May Allah give His guidance to the Ummah
    of Muhammad (PBUH).

    A.S. Al Shaikh-Ali Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo
    IIIT-London Department of Research-IIIT

    Jumada al Akhirah 1411 AH

    December 1990 AC

     

     

     

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