• List Price: $93.75
  • Save: $69.72 (74%)
Rented from RentU
To Rent, select Shipping State from options above
Due Date: Dec 22, 2014
FREE return shipping at the end of the semester. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with rentals.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by bookfinders
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Book is in good condition. Pages are clean and the binding is tight. *NOTE* Stock photo may not represent the actual book for sale.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Add to Cart
Qty:1
  • List Price: $93.75
  • Save: $24.60 (26%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $2.36
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

An Introduction to Islamic Law Paperback – October 27, 1983

ISBN-13: 978-0198254737 ISBN-10: 0198254733

Buy New
Price: $69.15
Rent
Price: $24.03
31 New from $58.61 27 Used from $11.22
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$44.95
Paperback
"Please retry"
$69.15
$58.61 $11.22

Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student



Frequently Bought Together

An Introduction to Islamic Law + Introduction to Islamic Theology and Law (Modern Classics in Near Eastern Studies)
Price for both: $109.02

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now

Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 27, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198254733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198254737
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

`'an unmissable work on its subject'' Muslim World Book Review

About the Author

Joseph Schacht is at Columbia University.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
0
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lewyn VINE VOICE on March 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is really two books: a first half which describes the evolution of Muslim law (also known as Sharia), and a second half which lists Muslim legal principles in a wide variety of areas. The latter half is basically a laundry list of legal rules, and is about as interesting to read as a laundry list.

The first half is more interesting. Some of the things I learned:

*The author tells a story of how Islamic law evolved. After the first decades of Islam, a few pious Muslims began to give advice on ritual matters. As these men met like-minded men, they created schools of legal specialists. As traditions (allegedly generated by the Prophet Mohammed and his associates) become widespread, the scholars combined those traditions with their own interpretations of the Koran to create the major schools of sharia. A few sects over time have diverged from these schools, though most such movements have died out. Most of this evolution was over by about 1000; according to the author, sharia has evolved far less since 1000, as later scholars deferred to the old masters (much as the Talmud has become effectively canonized in Judaism).

*There is no one universally applicable Sharia. Even within the dominant Sunni sect, there are several schools of Sharia, each of which evolved in a different part of the Islamic world- kind of like Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish law. The differences among these schools (like those between Sephardim and Ashkenazim) tend to be nonideological.

*Like Jewish law, Islamic law has occasionally proved to be flexible. Although sharia prohibits interest, Islamic scholars have created ways of facilitating commerce while staying within the letter of the law.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tron Honto on April 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Schacht still remains a towering figure in the study of Islamic Law even after ~50 yrs., and his introduction gives you the ideal figure figure as a guide. This work is not just a simplistic review of Islamic law, but it is also a work of scholarship. While it is unfortunate that his most important work, ON MUHAMMADAN JURISPRUDENCE, is no longer in print, this work serves as a good alternative and even a much more readable entry point to this field of scholarship.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaiserkeller62 on November 25, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
THis is an absolutely fabulous book that will give you a great understanding of Islamic (Sharia) Law without all the political overtones of today. I very strongly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gogol on July 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a little dated but it still remains an interesting read non the less. Schacht also wrote "On Muhammadan Jurisprudence" of which there is an critical editon by Professor Azami published by the Islamic Text Society as to say the least, there are a number of faults with both that book and this one.

The book does however cover the four schools of Sunni Islam as best it can and makes a decent attempt to provide the reader with at least a basis to study an extreamly complex and misunderstood leagal system.

Worth a read but read with caution.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?