Rethinking Islamic legal modernism: the teaching of Yusuf al-Qaradawi

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Shaham challenges the common opinion that Islamic legal modernism, as represented by Rashid Rida (d. 1935), is of poor intellectual quality and should not be considered an authentic development within Islamic law. The book focuses on the celebrated Sunni jurist, Yusuf al-Qaradawi (b. 1926), whom Shaham perceives as a close follower of Rida. 0By studying the coherence of Qaradawi's Wasati theory of ijtihad and the consistency of its application in his legal opinions (fatwas), Shaham argues that Qaradawi, by means of eclecticism and synthesis, conducts a bold dialogue with the Islamic juristic heritage and brings it to bear on modern developments, in particular the institutional framework of the nation-state.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden; Boston
Number of pages191
ISBN (Electronic)900436899X, 9004369546, 9789004368996
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Islamic law and society
VolumeVolume 45

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