By Susan A. Spectorsky
While western-derived criminal codes have outdated Islamic legislation in lots of elements of the Muslim international, Islamic, Koran-based legislations nonetheless keeps its strength within the region of marriage and relatives relatives, the realm that's key to the prestige of ladies. This paintings makes to be had for the 1st time in English 3 compilations of responses to questions on relations legislation given through sought after Muslim jurists of the 9th century (third century of Islam)—Ahmad b. Hanbal, the eponymous founding father of the Hanbali ceremony of Sunni Islam (the one dominant in Saudi Arabia), and Ishaq b. Rahwayh. those compilations are uncomplicated assets for the examine of the advance of felony considering in Islam.
The advent to the interpretation locates the compilations in a historic context and elucidates how a number of the problems with relatives legislations are taken care of. An appendix encompasses a collation of the numerous variations one of the manuscripts and published models of the Arabic texts. the amount concludes with a topical index and an index of names.
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