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The Distinguished Jurist\'s Primer : 2 Vol Set
The Distinguished Jurist's Primer : 2 Vol Set
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 The Distinguished Jurist's Primer:
Bidayat al-Mujtahid Wa Nihayat al-Muqtasid,
(2 Volume Full Set) by Ibn Rushd,
Transl. by Prof Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee,
Reviewed by Prof Mohammad Abdul Rauf,
Published By Garnet Publishing.


Vol.  I • 660 pages • 240 x 168 mm • Paperback • ISBN 1 85964 138 5
Vol. II • 676 pages • 240 x 168 mm • Paperback • ISBN 1 85964 139 3



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The well known Book on Khilaf, a discipline that records and analyses the differences among Muslim Jurists.


Ibn Rushd’s Bidayat al-Mujtahid (The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer) occupies a unique place among the authoritative manuals of Islamic law. It is designed to prepare the jurist for the task of the mujtahid, the independent jurist, who derives the law and lays down precedents to be followed by the judge in the administration of justice.


In this manual Ibn Rushd, may Allah be pleased with him, traces most of the issues of Islamic law, describing not only what the law is, but also elaborating the methodology of some of the greatest legal minds in Islam to show how such laws were derived.


This text provides a still-relevant basis for the interpretation and formulation of Islamic law. Combining his legal and philosophical knowledge, Ibn Rushd transcends the boundaries of different schools and presents a critical analysis of the opinions of the famous Muslim jurists and their methodologies.


The legal subject areas covered include marriage and divorce; sale and exchange of goods; wages, crop-sharing and speculative partnership; security for debts and insolvency; gifts, bequests and inheritance; and offences and judgements.


'My purpose in this treatise is to lay down in it for myself, by way of remembrance, the issues (Masa'il) of the Ahkam that are agreed upon and those that are disputed, along with their evidences, and to indicate those bases of the disputes that resemble general rules and principles, for the Faqih (jurist) may be presented with problems on which the Shara' (law) is silent"
The issues are mostly those that are expressly stated in the Manthuq (unstated text of the Nass), or are closely related to those that are so stated. They are the issues agreed upon by the Muslim Fuqaha (jurists) since the generation of the Sahabah (Companions - May Allah be pleased with them) till such time that Taqlid (following qualified scholarship) was rampant, or those over which a difference of opinion among them became widely known- ' ---Extract from the Preface by Ibn Rushd '



Ibn Rushd was a Maliki Jurist (Qadi) but presents the views of other schools ( Hanafi, Shaf'ee, Hanbali & Zahiri) with the usual Respect and objectivity. This book is among the best known example of the Shari'a science of Ilm al Khilaf (the knowledge of variant ruling). It is one of the most well knows works of Ilm-ul- Khilaf, a discipline that records and analyses the differences among Muslim Jurists.




About the Author :

Ibn Rushd, may Allah be pleased with him, Arabic (ابن رشد), known as Averroes 510-595 AH (1126 – 1198H), was an Andalusian-Arab philosopher and physician, a master of philosophy and Islamic law, mathematics, and medicine. He was born in Cordoba, Spain, and died in Marrakech, Morocco. His school of philosophy is known as Averroism.


Ibn Rushd, came from a family of jurists trained himself in law and medicine and later served as Qadi (judge) in Seville and Cordoba. In 1182 he was appointed physician to the court of caliph Abu Ya`qub Yusuf in Marrakesh and to his son, Abu Yusuf Ya`qub, in 1195 but was recalled shortly before his death. In the field of medicine Averroës produced his Kulliyat fi al tib (General Medicine) between 1162 and 1169. He is however better known for his great commentaries on Aristotle.


Al-Dhahabi in Siyar A`lam al-`Ulama' (15:452) quotes al-Abbar as saying: 'No one of his scholarly perfection, his erudition, or his high manners was ever raised in Andalus.'




About the Translator:


Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee. Associate Professor in the Faculty of Shariah and Law, Islamabad. He obtained his law degree (L.L.B) from Punjab University in 1969. In 1983, he was awarded a gold medal for his performance in the L.L.M (Shariah) at the International Islamic University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, USA. His published works include: Theories of Islamic Law, The concept of Riba and Islamic Banking, and General Principles of Criminal Law. He has also published several research articles on Islamic Law and has recently translated into English Al-Hidayah: A Classical Manual of Hanafi Law-Vol I & II (Amal Press).


This Book is part of a series of Arabic Works, made available in English by the 'Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization'!






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