Original Islam investigates the primacy of Madinan Islam and the madhhab (school of law) of its main exponent, Malik ibn Anas. It contains an annotated translation of Intisar al-faqir al-salik li-tarjih madhhab al-Imam al-kabir Malik, which was written by al-Ra'i, a fifteenth-century Andalusian scholar resident in Cairo.
This book includes:
- a comprehensive section on the scholarly credentials of the great eighth-century Madinan jurist Malik ibn Anas
- a detailed examination of a number of theoretical and practical disputed legal issues
- examples of the inter-madhhab rivalry and prejudice prevalent in fifteenth-century Cairo
- an extensive introduction giving background information on al-Ra’i and his life and times.
It also highlights the significance of the text for contemporary Muslim discourse, in which both "modernist" and "fundamentalist" elements often equate the concept of madhhab with an outmoded tradition which must be rejected as irrelevant to the practice of Islam in a globalized world. This book aims to put this ongoing controversy about madhhab, particularly the Maliki madhhab and its "pre-madhhab" Madinan origins, on a surer footing. Original Islam provides access to a hitherto little known area of Islamic law and is essential reading for those with interests in this area.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part |16 pages
Al-RĀʿĪ and his Intiṣār
part |135 pages
Translation of Al-Rāī's Intiṣār
section |42 pages
On Giving Preference to Mālik, May Allah have Mercy on him and be Pleased with him
section |34 pages
On Giving Preference to the Madhhab of Imam Mālik, May Allah have Mercy on him, and the Sources on Which it is Based
section |28 pages
Some Points of Difference Which are Frequently Mentioned Between the Proponents of the Other Madhhabs Which Indicate [that One Should] Give Preference [to the Madhhab of Imam Mālik, May Allah have Mercy on him]
section |20 pages
Some Examples of the Prejudice that I have Seen and Heard from the Proponents of Other Madhhabs Which Led to the Writing of this Book
section |6 pages
Some [Grammatical] Points Where Many Specialists Make Mistakes