Rumee Ahmed

in Narratives of Islamic Legal Theory

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199640171
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738074 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Islamic Legal Studies


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This concluding chapter explains the findings of the book through the lens of ritual theory and narrative theology. Legal theory works are described as the fruit of a jurist's ritual practice and, as a result, they reflect the subjunctive reality that is the foundational element of ritual. The ritual is directed at describing the narrative of the God-human interaction through a literal reading of normative jurisprudential texts. The chapter argues that legal theory is a ritual expression of a jurist's narrative understanding of normative texts and their legal application in his sociolinguistic context.

Keywords: Islamic; legal theory; Hanafi; law; usul al-fiqh; fiqh; narrative; ritual

Chapter.  4277 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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