Chief representative and eponym of the Awzai school of Islamic law, which descended from the ancient Iraqi school. Apparently born in Damascus. Very little of his writings survive, but his style of jurisprudence is preserved in Abu Yusuf's Al-radd ala siyar al-Awzai, in particular his reliance on the “living tradition,” the uninterrupted practice of Muslims handed down from preceding generations. For Awzai, this is the Sunnah of the Prophet. Awzai's school flourished in Syria, the Maghreb, and Spain but was eventually overcome by the Maliki school in the ninth century. However, given his authority and reputation as a Sunni imam and pious ancestor, his views retain potential as a source of law and a basis for alternative legal approaches and solutions. Died and was buried near Beirut, where his tomb is still visited.