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Abū Yūsuf’s Ikhtilāf Abī Ḥanīfa wa-Ibn Abī Laylā and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Formative Period of the Ḥanafī School

  “Abū Yūsuf’s Ikhtilāf Abī Ḥanīfa wa-Ibn Abī Laylā and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Formative Period of the Ḥanafī School.” Islamic Law and Society (2021): 1-33.   Abstract In this essay, I address the longstanding debate regarding the attribution of legal texts to formative-period authors by focusing on the transmission of a particular...
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Shir’at al-Islam 6: Sacred Knowledge, part 2: Manners of the Seeker

In this second part of the chapter on sacred knowledge, the author discusses the appropriate manners of the seeker of sacred knowledge, including the intention for learning, the importance of balancing knowledge with practice, which subjects to learn, what to do if one feels one is not benefitting, manners with one’s teacher, what to look...
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Taqwim al-adilla 6: Mutawātir Reports

In this section, the author presents another sacred proof (ḥujja sharʿiyya) that gives certain knowledge: the mass-transmission (mutawātir) of a Prophetic report. He defines tawātur and states why it is a proof of sacred law.    
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Taqwim al-adilla 5: The Holy Qur’an

In this section, the author offers and defends a definition of the Holy Qur’an. Through a question and answer format, the author explains the need for mass-transmission (tawātur), being recorded in the written and bound Qur’an (muṣḥaf), and the nuances and debates regarding the status of the tasmiya (bi-sm Allāh al-Raḥmān al-Raḥīm).    
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Taqwim al-adilla 4: Sacred Proofs That Give Certain Knowledge

This is a short introductory section, laying out the interests of the upcoming sections. He explains why it is more fitting to start with an exploration of sacred proofs before rational proofs, and he lays out the four forms of sacred proof that lead to necessary knowledge, and that these all are known from one...
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Shir’at al-Islam 5: Sacred Knowledge, Part One

In this section, the author introduces the importance of seeking sacred knowledge, and the branches of knowledge and person must seek, and that this book covers these most important branches of knowledge.  
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“Hadith and Fiqh in the Ottoman Period”

    “Hadith and Fiqh in the Ottoman Period Between Egyptian and Rumelian Ḥanafīs, 9th-11th Centuries A.H.” Pages 229-85 in Osmanlı’da İlm-i Hadis. Edited by Zekeriya Güler, Bekir Kuzudişli and Mustafa Celil Altuntaş. Istanbul: İSAR Yayınları, 2020. Summary This essay contrasts approaches to hadith and fiqh in two Ḥanafī Ottoman schools: the school of Rumelia/Anatolia...
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“Hadith and Fiqh in the Ottoman Period”

    “Hadith and Fiqh in the Ottoman Period Between Egyptian and Rumelian Ḥanafīs, 9th-11th Centuries A.H.” Pages 229-85 in Osmanlı’da İlm-i Hadis. Edited by Zekeriya Güler, Bekir Kuzudişli and Mustafa Celil Altuntaş. Istanbul: İSAR Yayınları, 2020. Summary This essay contrasts approaches to hadith and fiqh in two Ḥanafī Ottoman schools: the school of Rumelia/Anatolia...
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Taqwim al-adilla 3: Rational and Sacred Proofs

This section functions as an addendum to the previous section – which presente four types of proof (ḥujaj) – and as an introduction to the following sections – which present the sacred proofs (ḥujaj sharʿiyya) that lead to necessary knowledge. The focus of the section is to highlight that the proofs that concern us in this...
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Shir’at al-Islam 4: Intentions

In this section, the author emphasises that the most central concern in living a life of the Sunna is rectifying one’s intentions.  
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