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Islamic Law

From Historical Foundations to Contemporary Practice

Mawil Izzi Dien

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This survey of Islamic Law combines Western and Islamic views and describes the relationship between the original theories of Islamic law and the views of contemporary Islamic writers. Covering the key topics in the area - including the history, sources and formation of Islamic Law, the legal mechanisms, and the contemporary context - it is strong in its coverage of the modern perspective, which particularly marks this book out from other texts in this field. The aim is to provide the student with a background understanding of Islamic Law and access to the complexity of the Islamic legal system. The language used is non-technical and understanding is aided with a supplementary detailed glossary and analytical indices.

Selling Points

  • Author is a well-known scholar who is a lawyer by original profession and who has taught Islamic Law for 22 years: ideally placed to write an introductory survey of the field.
  • No prior knowledge assumed
  • Uses non-technical language
  • Includes a glossary of key terms


Part One: The Law
1. History and Introduction
2. The Sources
3. The Formation of Islamic Law
Part Two: The Legal Mechanisms
4. Introduction to Usul al-fiqh
5. Public Interest in Maslaha
6. The Rules Qawa'id
Part Three: Islamic Law in a Contemporary Context
7. The Contemporary Legal Authority
8. Contemporary Problems and Fatawas
Analytical Indices.

About the Author

Mawil Izzi Dien is a Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His publications include The Environmental Dimensions of Islam (2000) and The Theory and Practice of Market Law in Medieval Islam (1998).


Has a neat, lucid structure and, as such, will constitute a valuable aid to the study of a very complex subject…(this) book will be essential reading and I would certainly recommend it to both my undergraduates and postgraduates.
- Professor I. R. Netton, University of Leeds

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