chapter  2
Ijtihad and the Derivation of New Jurisprudence in Contemporary Shi‘ism: The Rulings of Ayatollah Bujnurdi
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Muslim scholars are being challenged to apply their legal system, formulated in the eighth and ninth centuries, to twenty-first century requirements. They have asked questions like: is there a need for reformation in Islam? If so, where should it begin and in which direction should it proceed? In this chapter, I propose to deal with some of these challenging questions facing contemporary scholars of Islam that have, so far, received very little attention in contemporary Western scholarship.