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Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence
By Mohammad Hashim Kamali
circa 550 Pages Paperback
Published by The Islamic Text Society , Cambridge UK

This third edition of the best-selling title Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence has been completely revised and substantially enlarged. In this work, Prof Kamali offers us the first detailed presentation available in English of the theory of Muslim law (usul al-fiqh). Often regarded as the most sophisticated of the traditional Islamic disciplines, Islamic Jurisprudence is concerned with the way in which the rituals and laws of religion are derived from the Qur’an and the Sunnah—the precedent of the Prophet. Written as a university textbook, Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence is distinguished by its clarity and readability; it is an essential reference work not only for students of Islamic law, but also for anyone with an interest in Muslim society or in issues of comparative Jurisprudence.

Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali is Professor of Law at the International Islamic University Malaysia where he has been teaching Islamic law and jurisprudence since 1985. Among his other works published by The Islamic Texts Society are: Islamic Commercial Law, Freedom of Expression in Islam, The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective, and Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam. ( we can Order these books for should they not be listed on this site)

Table of Contents


Introduction to Usul al-Fiqh


The First Source of Shari’ah: The Qur’an


The Sunnah


Rules of Interpretation I: Deducing the Law from its Sources


Rules of Interpretation II: al-Dalalat (Textual Implications)


Commands and Prohibitions


Naskh (Abrogation)


Ijma’ (Consensus of Opinion)


Qiyas (Analogical Deduction)


Revealed Laws Preceding the Shari’ah of Islam


The Fatwa of a Companion


Istihsan (Equity in Islamic Law)


Maslahah Mursalah (Considerations of Public Interest)


Urf (Custom)


Istishab (Presumption of Continuity)


Sadd al-Dhara’i’ (Blocking the Means)


Hukm Shar’i (Law or Value of Shari’ah)


Conflict of Evidences


Ijtihad (Personal Reasoning)


A New Scheme for Usul al-Fiqh


‘The best thing of its kind I have ever seen. Exactly the kind of thing I have wanted for years to put into the hands of students.’ Professor Charles Adams (McGill University)
'This book is a valuable addition to existing Islamic jurisprudential literature in English ... remarkably successful.’ 
The Muslim World Book Review

On Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence
238 Pages Paperback
 Price £16.95

On Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence by  MUHAMMAD M. AL-AZAMI
This in-depth study presents a detailed analysis and critique of the classic Western work on the origins of Islamic law, Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence. Azami’s work examines the sources used by Schacht to develop his thesis on the relation of Islamic law to the Qur’an, and exposes fundamental flaws in Schacht’s methodology that led to the conclusions unsupported by the texts examined. This book is an important contribution to Islamic legal studies from an Islamic perspective.
Dr Muhammad Mustafa al-Azami is Professor of Hadith Science at King Saud University, where he has taught since 1973. He obtained his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Cambridge University in 1967, and studied at al-Azhar University in Egypt and Dar-al-Ulum in India. He is the author of numerous books and articles on early hadith. In 1980 he received the prestigious King Faisal Award for his research and presentations on the Sunna.
‘For the first time we have work like Azami’s; he has devoted literally years of research to the investigation of Hadith and has analysed, tested and passed scholarly judgement on Schacht’s argument step by step, working with actual hadith materials. This book is indeed an effective response to Schacht...Azami has, through this and other works, demonstrated himself to be an outstanding scholar of Hadith ...he is the most well-versed and learned scholar of the Islamic science of tradition.’ (Journal of Near Eastern Studies)

Islamic Commercial Law
An Analysis of Futures and Options
Mohammad Hashim Kamali
262 Pages Paperback
Ref: icl-i Price £18.95

Islamic Commercial Law: An Analysis of Futures and Options focuses on options and futures as trading tools and explores their validity from an Islamic point of view. Futures and options are a completely new phenomenon which has no parallel in Islamic commercial law. After reviewing the existing rules of Islamic law of contract and verifying their relevance or otherwise to futures trading, the author, Professor M H Kamali, advances a new perspective on the issue of futures and options based on an interpretation of the Qur’an and the Sunnah and referring to the principle of maslaha (consideration of public interest) as enshrined in the Shari’ah. Islamic Commercial Law consists of three parts. Part One is devoted to the description of futures trading and the understanding of operational procedures of futures and futures markets; Part Two investigates the issue of permissibility of futures trading in Islamic law and the underlying questions of risk-taking and speculation, which are of central concern to the topic. Part Three is devoted to an analysis of options. This work will be of use to anyone working on Islamic law, comparative law or working in Islamic banking.

Dr Mohammad Hashim Kamali is Professor of Law at the International Islamic University Malaysia where he has been teaching Islamic law and jurisprudence since 1985. Among his other works published by The Islamic Texts Society are: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, Freedom of Expression in Islam, The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective, and Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam



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