The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law

Book Title The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law
Author Name Wael B. Hallaq
Publishing house Cambridge University Press
Country – city UK
Date of issue 2005
Number of pages 250 

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Covering more than three centuries of legal history, this study presents an important account of how Islam developed its own law from ancient Near Eastern legal cultures, Arabian customary law and Quranic reform. The book explores the interplay between law and politics, demonstrating how the jurists and ruling elite led a symbiotic existence that paradoxically allowed Islamic law to become uniquely independent of the “state.”

  • A readable account of the development of Islamic law during the first three centuries of Islam
  • By one of the leading scholars in the field of Islamic law
  • The first book to offer such a wide coverage of Islamic legal history


Reviews & endorsements

“The book is an essential contribution to the field. Highly recommended. Essential for collections on Islam and the history of law.” 

“…succinct, up-to-date, and stimulating account of the early history of Islamic law…” 
–Joseph E. Lowry, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, International of Middle East Studies


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