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Islamic Legal Orthodoxy by Prof. Devin Stewart


Authored and reviewed by Professor Devin Stewart

In Islamic Legal Orthodoxy, Stewart explores the process by which Shi’ite jurists participated in the mainstream of Islamic jurisprudence and were influenced by Sunni legal doctrines. He identifies three main reactions to Sunni legal definitions of othodoxy and the concept of consensus on which it was based. The Akhbaris rejected Sunni legal consensus and juristic authority for a scripture-based system; many Shi’ite outwardly accepted the ground rules of Sunni legal consensus and joined the Shafi’i school of jurisprudence; a third option was to adopt the concept of consensus to create a “fifth,” Shi’ite, legal system.

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    Islamic Legal Orthodoxy

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    Professor Devin Stewart reviews his book on Islamic Legal Orthodoxy: Twelver Shiite responses to Sunni Legal Systems

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