Is the devil in the details? Tension between minimalism and comprehensiveness in the shariah

Journal of Religious Ethics 39 (3):458-472 (2011)
The comprehensiveness of Islamic law has been questioned seriously in the modern period by Muslim reformists like Rashīd Riḍā. Such reformists have used as evidence Qur'anic verses and Prophetic reports that seem to state clearly that the strictures of Islamic law are few and limited and that Muslims should not extend them to all areas of life. How could the Shariah have developed as a holistic and exhaustive body of law in light of such evidence? Looking back at earlier Muslim scholars from the ninth to the eighteenth centuries, however, we see that these Qur'anic verses and Prophetic edicts were never understood in this way. They were either diffused with various hermeneutic strategies or understood as applying to debates unrelated to the comprehensiveness or minimalism of the Shariah
Keywords Shariah  al‐Bukhārī  hadith  Islamic Modernism  Shāh Walī Allāh al‐Dihlawī  al‐Dārimī
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2011.00489.x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,316
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
A. Kevin Reinhart (1983). Islamic Law as Islamic Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics 11 (2):186 - 203.
Daniel W. Skubik (2009). Fethullah Gülen, Islamic Banking, and Global Finance. International Corporate Responsibility Series 4:289-304.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

14 ( #313,020 of 1,926,168 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #456,082 of 1,926,168 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.