A History of Islamic Law by N. Coulson

By N. Coulson

The vintage creation to Islamic legislations, tracing its improvement from its origins,through the medieval interval, to its position in smooth Islam.

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From the tenth century onwards the role of jurists was that of commentators upon the works of the past masters, and their energies were perforce expended in a scholasticism which on occasions attained a remarkable degree of casuistry. Serious consideration was given to such hypothetical cases as the problem of the precise moment at which succession opens to the estate of a person turned into stone by the devil. Extracting the last ounce of implication from original principles, the jurists ruled that melted butter, into which a mouse had fallen and drowned, could not be used as fuel for lamps because the air would be thus polluted· by the impurity of the flesh of a dead animal.

From the Prophet (ahl al-~adith, Traditionists). Clearly some unifying process was necessary to sa1 .. the law from total disintegration. Equally clearly tl 1t impetus for such a process had to come from within tl1 t· law itself and its qualified exponents. The hour P' " duced the man-in the person ofMu~ammad ibn-llhi ·. ash-Shafi'i. D. 767 ash-Shafi'i at first played the role of a ll•ll 11pectator rather than an active participant in the 11lv ug drama of Islamic law. From his periods of ttuly 11nd deliberation in the principal centres of juris1 wlrncc-Mecca, Medina, Iraq and Syria-:-he had 111 t •d an intimate knowledge of all the leadmg prottl\ 1, but he refused to ally himself with any one 11 , St~nding aloof from local and particular alle1 111 H he was able to comprehend the whole complex IHIIotmic scene with a breadth of outlook and depth I porccption that produced an altogether new dimen111\ In legal thought.

Moreover, a reporter of a Tradition could not be challenged, as a witness could, on the ground that his evidence was biased. For these reasons the parallel between legal testimony and the transmission of Traditions is a superficial one, and the canons of Traditioncriticism, as established by Muslim scholarship, cannot provide any real test of authenticity. Once the trustworthiness of their reporters was established, Traditions were classified in varying grades of authority according to the strength of their isnads.

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