Ikhtilaf al-Fiqh

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Disagreement of jurists. Refers to the differing legal opinions of early authorities, usually compiled and compared according to topic, described in such works as the Ikhtilaf al-fuqaha (Disagreement among jurists) of Ibn Jarir al-Tabari (d. 932). May refer to conflicting opinions among schools of legal thought or among the authorities within the different schools. Hanafi law, for example, is based on the conflicting opinions of three early authorities: Abu Hanifah, Abu Yusuf, and Muhammad al-Shaybani.

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