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Usul ash-Shashi: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence

PB. By Nizam Ad Din Ash-Shashi
Translation & Introduction : Mansur Ali 

The Arabic Text used was Edited By Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi
This is a Popular Hanafi Primer which is part of the Syllabus of most Darse Nizami Courses

How is one to wade through the apparent welter of irreconcilable primary Islamic sources? 

What is one to do when faced with opposing practices of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) on the same issue? 
When is a practice deemed necessary or recommended? 

These are some of the topics discussed in usul al-fiqh. Loosely translated as principles of Islamic jurisprudence, usul al-fiqh is the legal theory which underpins Islamic positive law and practical ethics. 

The book Usul ash-Shashi is an isagogic opuscule on legal theory according to the Hanafi School of Law. It is widely favoured and accepted in the darse nizami syllabus of South Asian seminaries and their sister institutions outside of the Asian Subcontinent despite little being known of its author. 

Usul Ash-Shashi written over 600 years ago is an authoritative beginner's manual on the principles of Hanafi Usul al-Fiqh ( Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence)

The first of the books written about the principles of Islamic Jurisprudence was that of Imam Muhammad Bin Idris Ash-Shafi'i (d204 H) which is known as 'Al-Risalah'. However this book is on the principles of Islamic Jurisprudence in the Hanafi school of law

A detailed discussion of the Four Fundamentals Sources of Islamic Shari' Law

  • Qur'an 
  • Sunnat 
  • Ijma (consensus) and 
  • Qiyaas (Analogy)

The last chapter is entitled : "Al-Ihtijaj Bi La Dalil : Legal Arguments without Evidence".

The translation will appeal to a wide readership in particular to elementary students of Islamic law and to those that are interested in legal theory.

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