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Mujtahid


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One who exercises independent reasoning (ijtihad) in the interpretation of Islamic law. Qualifications include training in recognized schools of Islamic law and extensive knowledge of the Quran and hadith. In Sunni Islam, the title is reserved for the founders of the four official schools of Islamic law, although modern Islamic reformers call for the revival of ijtihad as a means of accommodating new ideas and conditions.

Subjects: Islam.


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