This third edition of the best-selling title 'Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence' has been completely revised and substantially enlarged. In this work, Prof Kamali offers us the first detailed presentation available in English of the theory of Muslim law ('usul al-fiqh'). Often regarded as the most sophisticated of the traditional Islamic disciplines, Islamic jurisprudence is concerned with the way in which the rituals and laws of religion are derived from the Qur'an and the 'Sunna' - the precedent of the Prophet. Written as a university textbook, 'Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence' is distinguished by its clarity and readability; it is an essential reference work not only for students of Islamic law, but also for anyone with an interest in Muslim society or in issues of comparative jurisprudence.
Foreword; Preface to the Third Edition; Preface; 1. Introduction to 'Usul al-Fiqh'; 2. The First Source of 'Shari'ah': The Qur'an; 3. The 'Sunnah'; 4. Rules of Interpretation I: Deducing the Law from its Sources; 5. Rules of Interpretation II: 'al-Dalalat' (Textual Implications); 6. Commands and Prohibitions; 7. 'Naskh' (Abrogation); 8. 'Ijma" (Consensus of Opinion); 9. 'Qiyas' (Analogical Deduction); 10. Revealed Laws Preceding the Shari'ah of Islam; 11. The 'Fatwa' of a Companion; 12. 'Istihsan' (Equity in Islamic Law); 13. 'Maslahah Mursalah' (Considerations of Public Interest); 14. "Urf' (Custom); 15. 'Istishab' (Presumption of Continuity); 16. 'Sadd al-Dhara'i' (Blocking the Means); 17. 'Hukm Shar'i' (Law or Value of Shari'ah); 18. Conflict of Evidences; 19. 'Ijtihad' (Personal Reasoning); 20. A New Scheme for 'Usul al-Fiqh'; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.