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Contemporary Ijtihad: Limits and Controversies

L. Ali Khan and Hisham M. Ramadan


The resurgence of Islam, geopolitical crises involving Muslim nations, violence associated with Islam and the immigration of millions of Muslims to Western countries have generated a strong interest in understanding Islamic law. The challenges of these new realities have impressed upon Muslims the need to rethink classical jurisprudence, and a powerful contemporary ihad – the process of making a legal decision by independent interpretation of the legal sources – has unleashed a tremendous intellectual energy that is transforming legal systems across the Muslim world. This book explores the lim ... More

Keywords: Islam, geopolitical crises, Muslim nations, violence, immigration, Western countries, Islamic law, classical jurisprudence, ijtihad, legal decision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780748641284
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641284.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Ali Khan, author

Hisham M. Ramadan, author