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.
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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.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Al-Ra'i's Life and Times 2. The Intisar and its Significance 3. Malik and the Way of Madina 4. Malik and his Madhhab in Contemporary Islamic Studies: Some Controversial Issues Part 2: Translation of Al-Ra'i's Intisar al-faqir al-salik li-tarjih madhhab al-imam al-kabir Malik 1. Malik the Imam 2. Malik's Madhhab and its Bases 3. Various Points of Dispute between the Madhhabs 4. Examples of the Prejudice that Led to the Writing of this Book 5. Some Linguistics Errors Common to both Specialists and Non-Specialists. Biographical Notes of Persons Mentioned