al-Mujtahid Wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid
Ibn Rushd’s Bidayat al-Mujtahid (The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer)
occupies a unique place among the authoritative manuals of Islamic law. It is
designed to prepare the jurist for the task of the mujtahid, the independent
jurist, who derives the law and lays down precedents to be followed by the judge
in the administration of justice. In this manual Ibn Rushd traces most of the
issues of Islamic law, describing not only what the law is, but also elaborating
the methodology of some of the greatest legal minds in Islam to show how such
laws were derived.
The well known Book on Khilaf, a discipline that records and analyses the differences among Muslim Jurists.
in this treatise is to lay down in it for myself, by way of remembrance, the
issues (Masa'il) of the Ahkam that are agreed upon and those that
are disputed, along with their evidences, and to indicate those bases of the
disputes that resemble general rules and principles, for the Faqih
(jurist) may be presented with problems on which the Shara' (law) is
Rushd was a Maliki Qadi but presents the
views of other schools ( Hanifi, Shaf'ee and hanbali) with the usual
Respect and objectivity. This book is among the best known example of the
Shari'a science of Ilm al Khilaf (the knowledge of variant ruling)
It is part of a series of Arabic Works, made available in English by the "Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization".
The Quality of Translation and Print is as high as the Level of this Work.
Published By Garnet UKVol. I • 660 pages • 240 x 168 mm • Paper £22.00 • ISBN 1 85964 138 5
Vol. II • 676pp • 240 x 168 mm • Paper £22.00 • ISBN 1 85964 139 3
Vol. I • 660pp • 240 x 168 mm • Cased £60.00 • ISBN 1 87393 813 6
Vol. II • 676pp • 240 x 168 mm • Cased £60.00 • ISBN 1 87393 893 4
‘an extremely high quality translation of an important Islamic document’
‘Ibn Rushd’s classic work occupies a unique place among the authoritative manuals of Islamic Law.’
‘These two volumes together provide a very valuable insight into the legal work that Ibn Rushd undertook.'
Journal of Islamic Studies
‘this translation will be of particular interest to both the academic, the lawyer, as well as the teacher and student of comparative legal/cultural studies...an excellent choice [was made] in undertaking this translation.’
Yearbook of Islamic & Middle Eastern Law
‘The translator of the book, Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, should be applauded for his work in rendering this invaluable piece of Islamic jurisprudence into English.’
"And clothe not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when you know (what it is)."
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