30th March – 1st April 2019: Linguistic Postulates in Postclassical Uṣūl al-fiqh
We gathered for a special 3 day workshop on linguistic postulates, in cooperation with Professor Asad Ahmed of the University of Berkeley. The discussions about language are fundamental to the way in which uṣūl al-fiqh writers construct their hermeneutic theory – but they are often the most obtuse and complex. In this workshop we examined a range of texts, with a focus on the postclassical period.
Buḥūth fī ʿilm al-uṣūl, Muḥammad Bāqir al-Ṣadr (Cameron Zargar)
“Taʿrīf al-Ḥaqīqa wa-ḥukmuhā”, Nūr al-anwār Mullā Jīwan (Asad Ahmed)
“Tark al-istifṣāl fīḥikāyat al-ḥāl maʿa qiyām al-iḥtimāl” al-Fāḍil al-Tūnī, ʿAbd Allāh b. Muḥammad al-Bushrawī al- Khurāsānī (d. 1071/1660), al-Wāfiyya fī uṣūl al-fiqh (Hadī Qazwini)
Fatḥ al-Ghifār bi-sharḥ al-Manār, Ibn Nujaym (Samy Ayoub)
“ī” Mafātīḥ al-Uṣūl, al-Sayyid Mujāhid al- Ṭabaṭabāʾī (d. 1248/1826), (Tehran, 1873, Lithograph, n.p.) p.44-52. (Robert Gleave)
“al-Muṭlaq wal-Muqayyad” Nūr al-anwār Mullā Jīwan (Mustafa Baig)
Tanqīḥ of Ṣadr al-Sharī‘ah al-Maḥbūbī; Talwīḥ of al-Taftāzānī (Sumayyah Bostan)
Participants included Asad Ahmed (Berkeley), Rob Gleave (Exeter), Mustafa Baig (Exeter), Hadi Qazwini (Los Angeles), Samy Ayoub (Austin), Cameron Zargar (Los Angeles), Sumeyyah Bostan (Berkeley), Hasan Rezakhany (Berkeley), Madeleine Wyse (Berkeley), Syed Shiraz Ali (Berkeley).
31st January – 1st February 2019: Qiyās in uṣūl and related genres
Analogical reasoning, and other hermeneutic mechanisms collected under the title qiyās, are much discussed in works of uṣūl – this workshop was convened to study a series of texts examining qiyās and linked forms of legal reasoning.
The functioning of al-qiyās al-manṣuṣ al-‘illa From Sayyid Muḥammad al-Ṭabaṭabāʾī al-Mujāhid (d.1248/1826), Mafātīḥ al-uṣūl (Tehran, 1873 – lithograph), p.672 and p.678. (Rob Gleave)
Section on Dawarān, Burhān al-Dīn al-Nasafī (d. 687/1288). Al-Fuṣūl fī ʿIlm al-Jadal (Ms) and Section on Dawarān, Shams al-Dīn al-Samarqandī (d. 722/1322). Sharḥ Fuṣūl al-Nasafī (Wlater Edward Young).
Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Ṭūsī, al-ʿUdda fī uṣūl al-fiqh (Qum, 2004), pp.666-668 and Sayyid Sārim al-Dīn Ibrāhīm b. Muhammad al-Wazīr, al-Fusūl al-Luʾluʾiyya fī Uṣūl Fiqh al-ʿItra al-Zakiyya (Mohammad-Payam Saadat-Sarmadi)
al-Ghazālī, al-Muṣṭaṣfā (Jeddah, n.d), p.494-510 (Ziad Bou Akl)
Ḥasan b. al-Shahīd al-Thānī, Maʿālim al-dīn, Muqaddima fī uṣūl al-fiqh (Qum, 1373AH), p.312-318 (Ali-Reza Bhojani)
Participants: Rob Gleave (Director of LAWALISI project), Paul Gledhill (LAWALISI Postdoctoral research fellow), Ziad Bou Akl (CNRS, Paris), Eric Chaumont (CNRS, Aix-en-Provence), Bruce Lawrence (Exeter/Duke), miriam cooke (Exeter/Duke), Walter Edward Young (Montreal), Ali-Reza Bhojani (Nottingham), Sejad Mekic (Exeter), Raha Rafii (Philadelphia), Azaher Miah (Oxford), Tariq al-Timimi (SOAS).
26th – 27th November 2018
The complex attitudes towards menstruation in a variety of genres were explored in this workshop – touching on aspects of gender, ritual and the body, the text demonstrated how menstruation was understood socially and also in the context of texts of fiqh, fatwas and poetry. The workshop demonstrated how much more work is needed to gain a comprehensive picture of how menstruation was viewed in terms of religion and literature in early Islam.
Istibrā’ al-ḥā’iḍ and ma‘rifat damm al-ḥayd min dam al-istiḥāḍa from Muḥammad b. Ya‘qūb al-Kulaynī (d.939), al-Kāfī fī ‘ilm al-dīn (Robert Gleave)
Dīwān al-Ḥamāsa of Abū Tammām (d.845) and its commentaries: Sharḥ Dīwān al- Ḥamāsa of Abū ‘Alī al-Marzūqī (d.1030) and Sharḥ Dīwān al-Ḥamāsa of Abū Zakariyya al- Tabrīzī (d.1108) (Peter Webb)
Fatwa on waṭ’ al-ḥā’iḍ qabl al-ghusl from Majmū‘ al-Fatawā, Ibn Taymiyya (d.1328) and al-Tamhīd of Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (d.1071) (Antonia Bosanquet)
Laws on Menstruation in Tabṣirat al-muta‘allimīn of al-‘Allāma al-Ḥillī (d.1325) (Nazmina Dhanji)
Kitāb al-ḥayḍ from Badā’i‘ al-Ṣanā’i‘ of Abū Bakr al-Kāsānī (d.1191) (Moussa Abou Ramadan)
Participants: Rob Gleave (Director of LAWALISI project); Paul Gledhill (LAWALISI Project, Exeter); Antonia Bosanquet (Hamburg), Nazmina Dhanji (Al-Mahdi Institute), Moussa Abou Ramadan (Strasbourg), Peter Webb (Leiden), Ed Zychowicz-Coghill (Cambridge), Sumeyra Yakar (Exeter), Enise Yakar (Exeter), Sejad Mekic (Exeter), Mustafa Baig (Exeter).
7th – 9th October 2018: Texts of Ijmāʿ in late classical uṣūl al-fiqh
We met for a longer workshop of 3 days as a collaborative meeting with Professor Asad Ahmed from UC Berkeley, and scholars from Berkeley, to discuss texts relating to consensus (ijmāʿ) in late classical Islamic legal theory (uṣūl al-fiqh). The Shīʿī doctrine of ijmāʿ has, traditionally, been rather critical, arguing that the consensus of the scholars is of little value in itself – the principal proof is always the opinion of the Imam. This has not prevented a doctrine of ijmāʿ which in places is quite similar to elements of Sunni doctrine emerging, since when all agree, the Imam’s opinion is revealed. We explored these issues through a series of close texual studies over three days.
Maʿālim al-Dīn of Ḥasan b. al-Shahīd al-Thānī and the Sharḥ Ma’ālim al-Dīn by Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ al-Māzandarānī (Robert Gleave)
Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī, al-Maḥṣūl fī ʿIlm al-uṣūl (Hassan Rezakhany)
Asad Allāh al-Tūstarī, Kashf al-Qināʾ (Kumail Rajani)
Muḥibbullah al-Bihārī, Musallam al-Thubūt (asad Ahmed)
al-Bayḍāwī, Minhāj al-Wuṣūl (Sejad Mekic)
Ḥusayn al-Burujirdī, Nihāyat al-uṣūl (Mehrdad Alipour)
Ḥusayn al-Shawshāwī, Rafʿ al-Niqāb (Serdar Kurnuz)
Muḥsin Fayḍ, Safīnat al-Najāt and Sayyid Muḥammad Mishkāt Mu‘taqad al-Imāmiyya (Amin Ehteshami)
Participants: Rob Gleave (LAWALISI, Exeter), Paul Gledhill (LAWALISI project, Exeter), Kumail Rajani (Exeter), Mehrdad Alipour (Exeter), Sejad Mekic (USPPIP, Exeter), Asad Ahmed (UC Berkeley), Hassan Rezakhany (UC Berkeley), Wissam Halawi (LAWALISI, Lausanne) Amin Ehteshami (UC Berkeley), Haroon Sidat (Blackburn Dar al-Uloom), Serdar Kernuz (Hamburg), Ziad Bou Akl (Paris), Mustafa Baig (Exeter).
23rd – 24th July 2018: Texts on ‘Āmm and Khāṣṣ in Uṣūl al-Fiqh
In this workshop we studied texts relating to the general and the particular (‘Āmm and Khāṣṣ) in works of Islamic legal theory (uṣūl al-fiqh). We examined how God’s speech in revelation is understood by Muslim legal theorists to be general in linguistic form, but particular in meaning. The texts covered a wide time period, with the earliest being in the 11th century CE and the most recent being in the early 19th century and a range of legal traditions, enabling us to track themes through time and across confessional boundaries.
al-Sharīf al-Murtaḍā, al-Dharī‘a ilā uṣūl al-sharīʿa (Tehran: University of Tehran, 1376Sh), v.1, 1, pp.237-238. (Rob Gleave)
Muḥammad b. Ḥasan al-Ṭūsī (d. 460/1068), al-‘Udda fī uṣūl al-fiqh (Qum: al- Muhaqqiq, 1417/1996-7), v.1, pp. 336-35. (Alex Hainy)
Abū Ya‘lā al-Ḥanbalī (d.458/1066), al-‘Udda fī uṣūl al-fiqh (Beirut: Dār al- Kutub al-ʻIlmīyah, 2002), pp.484-569 (selections). (Rodrigo Adem)
Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328), al-Tafsīr al-kabīr, (Beirut: Dār al-Kutub al-ʿIlmiyyah, 1408/1988), v.7, pp. 228- 231. (Abd al-Rahman Mustafa)
al-Qarāfī (d. 684/1285), Sharḥ Tanqīḥ al-fuṣūl, (Beirut: Dār al-Fikr, 1424/2004), pp. 321-325. (Abd al-Rahman Mustafa)
Mīrzā Qummī (d.1231/1815-16), Qawānīn al-Uṣūl (Beirut: Dār al-Murtaḍā, 1431/2010) , v.2, p.72-92. (Ali-Reza Bhojani)
Participants: Mahdiyyeh Abdulhussain; Rodrigo Adem; Najah Ahmad; Hassan Al-Bulushi, Omar Anchassi; Mustafa Baig; Alireza Bhojani; Rob Gleave (Director of LAWALISI project); Paul Gledhill (LAWALISI Project, Exeter); Alexander Hainy; Wissam Halawi (LAWALISI); Sohaira Siddiqui; Abd al-Rahman Mustafa; Kumail Rajani, Pooya Razavian.
10th – 11th May 2018: Texts on îjâb wa-qubûl in Islamic Marriage Law
This workshop aimed to see how rules on ījāb wa-qubūl have been developed and established by jurists in Islamic Marriage Law, and to explore to what extent it was constraining; but also, to examine, where possible, its potential basis in both uṣūl al-fiqhand uṣūl al-Dīn. We examined a series of legal texts written in three different contexts: Sunnī, Shīʿī and Druze. In addition, the concept of guardianship was analysed based on a series of early and premodern legal Islamic texts, as well as the doctrine of nikāḥ al-bāṭinin Ismaʿīlī theology. Draft translations were produced and discussed by participants.
Topics and texts examined:
“The theory of majlis al-ʿaqd in marriage contract” (Moussa Abou Ramadan)
“Kafāʾa and guardianship in Ibn Taymiyya’s Majmūʿ al-fatāwa and al-Tarsūsī’s Anfaʾ al-wasāʾil” (Yossef Rappoport)
“Al-riḍā wa-l-taslīm in Druze Marriage Law” (Wissam H. Halawi)
“Al-nikāḥ al-bāṭin in al-Tabarānā’s K. al-hāwā fī ʿilm al-fatawī” (Fârès Gillon)
“Guardianship in the Muṣannaf of ʿAbd al-Razzāq (d. 211/826)” (Hocine Benkheira)
“Taqdīm al-qabūl ʿala al-ījāb in Shīʿī jurisprudence: the al-Manāhil of al-Sayyid Mujāhid Muḥammad al-Ṭabaṭabāʾī (d.1242/1827)” (Robert Gleave)
Participants: Moussa Abou Ramadan (Strasbourg Univ.); Hocine Benkheira (CNRS, Paris); Fârès Gillon (EPHE, Paris); Robert Gleave (LAWALISI project); Paul Gledhill (LAWALISI project); Wissam H. Halawi (LAWALISI project); Yossef Rapoport (Queen Mary).
22nd – 23rd MARCH 2018: Texts on Zakāt, Khums, Ǧizya and taxation in Medieval Fiqh
The aim of this workshop was to analyse how medieval and modern jurists elaborated rules on religious taxation in Islamic positive law. We examined a series of legal texts focussing on the sections on zakāt, khums and ǧizya, and explored the contrasts between the treatment of these religious duties in different political contexts and legal traditions (Sunnī, Imāmī, Zaydī). The issues of translating this type of texts were discussed, with draft translations produced.
Topics and texts examined:
“Zaydī zakāt fiqh and the maʿūna tax” in Sīrat al-Imām al-Mutawakkil Aḥmad b. Sulaymān (d. 566/1171) and Maǧmūʿat rasāʾil al-Imām al-Manṣūr ʿAbdallāh b. Ḥamza (d. 614/1217) (Eirik Hovden)
“Zakāt and ḫums in al-Muqniʿa of Shaykh al-Mufīd (d. 413/1022)” (Wissam Halawi)
“Recipients of zakāt in Riyāḍ al-Masāʾil of Al-Sayyid ʿAlī al-Ṭabatabāʾī (d. 1241/1816)” (Rob Gleave)
“Import tax in K. al-zakāt of the Hidāya” (Sohail Hanif)
“The ǧizya in aḥkām ahl al-ḏimma of Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751/1351)” (Antonia Bosanquet)
Participants: Mehrdad Alipour; Mustafa Baig; Antonia Bosanquet; Robert Gleave (LAWALISI project); Wissam Halawi (LAWALISI project); Sohail Hanif; Eirik Hovden; Kumail Rajani and Mohammad-Payam Saadat-Sarmadi.
22nd JANUARY 2018: Texts on Naskh in late classical Uṣūl al-Fiqh
In this workshop, we examined a series of late classical texts of Islamic legal theory, focussing on the sections on abrogation (naskh). The contrasts between the treatment of the subject in Sunni and Shīʿī legal traditions were explored, and the issues of translating this type of texts were discussed, with draft translations produced.
Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-Ḥāʾirī (d.1250/1834), al-Fuṣūl al-Gharawiyya fī al-uṣūl al-fiqhiyya (Rob Gleave)
Badr al-Dīn al-Zarkashi (d.793/1392), al-Baḥr al-Muḥīṭ fī uṣūl al-fiqh (Kuwait, 1992CE), v.4, p.63-76. (Najah Ahmed)
Mullā Jīwan (d. 1130/1718), Nūr al-Anwār sharḥ al-anwār (Sadiqabad, 1419AH), v.1, p.589-604. (Mansur Ali)
Mīrzā Abū al-Qāsim al-Qummī (d.1231/1816), al-Qawānīn al-Maḥkama fī al-uṣūl al-matqana (Qum, 1430AH), v.3, pp.2-14. (Ali-Rida Rizek)
Participants: Asad Q. Ahmed, Najah Ahmed, Mansur Ali, Mehrdad Alipour, Omar Anchassi, Philipp Bruckmayr, Feriel Bouhafa, Rob Gleave (LAWALISI project), Paul Gledhill (LAWALISI project), Wissam Halawi (LAWALISI project), Majid Montazermahdi and Walter Edward Young.
27th- 28th NOVEMBER 2017: Ḥadīth and Law in Early Islam
Our aim at this workshop was to explore topics related to the development of ḥadīth and Islamic law in the 8th and 9th centuries, especially rijāl criticism, legal historiography, the relation of fiqh to ḥadīth and evidence of interaction between the Sunni and Shiʿi legal traditions. We were fortunate to attract contributions from the following scholars:
Criticism of transmitters in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries AH: The terms kadhdhāb and madār (Pavel Pavlovitch, Sofia)
Statistical analysis of isnāds as a method for determining the provenance, and the currency in time and place, of legal rules in the 8th century CE (Hiroyuki Yanagihashi, Tokyo)
Ibn Abī Laylá (d. ca. 148/765‐6) in biography, ḥadīth criticism, and early ḥadīth collections (Paul Gledhill, Exeter)
How early biographical dictionaries from the Islamic West (al-Andalus and Ifriqiya) represent the ahl al‐ḥadīth and ahl al‐raʾy; Baqī b. Makhlad, Ibn Waḍḍāḥ, and the merging of raʾy and ḥadīth; how the legal doctrine regarding Q. 4:35 (the two arbiters) reflected the Sunni/Shīʿī divide (Maribel Fierro, Madrid)
The controversy over reciting the Qurʾan with tones (al‐qirāʾah bi‐l‐alḥān) (Christopher Melchert, Oxford)
The use of ḥadīth in the work of early Arabic grammarians (Monique Bernards, Leuven)
The epistolary practice of the Imams and their agents, and the masāʾil genre as a bridging mechanism between the practical mechanics of Imamic legal authority and the preservation of Imamic hadith for posterity in the form of books; the use of reports of the Imams to trace the development of the doctrine of khums (Ed Hayes, Leiden)
Other participants: Rob Gleave (Exeter), Wissam Halawi (Exeter) and John Nawas (Leuven).
9-10 OCTOBER 2017: The relationship of Uṣūl to Furūʿ in Islamic Legal Traditions
In this workshop, we selected a principle of interpretation as found explicated in a work of uṣūl, and then explored its application in a work of fiqh. The relationship between uṣūl and furūʿ varied from constant explicit reference to uṣūl in fiqh writings, to an absence of reference, with legal reasoning being driven by other concerns.
Ibn Ḥazm on whether the imperative applies to both men and women (Tariq Al-Timimi)
Abū al-Qāsim al-Khūʾī on the Form of the Imperative and Consensus (Hadi Rizvi)
Ibn Rushd on contradictory indicators (Serdar Kurnaz)
Al-ʿAllāma al-Ḥillī on preference between reports and classification of things before revelation (Ali Rida Rizek)
Participants: Tariq Al-Timimi, Mustafa Baig, Rob Gleave, Paul Gledhill, Wissam Halawi, Serdar Kurnaz, Tayyeb Mimouni, Ali Rida Rizek, Hadi Rizvi, Abdullah Sliti, Enise Yakar and Sumeyra Yakar.
17-18 JULY 2017: Uṣūl al-fiqh and linguistic interpretation
We discussed how uṣūlīs conceived of how language came into being and how it is used in revelatory texts. Whether there are conceptions of language specific to theological traditions, or whether the techniques of exegesis are used or discarded inconsistently was also a topic of discussion.
Al-Ghazālī, al-Mustaṣfā min ʿilm al-uṣūl (Rana Alsoufi)
Muḥammad Riḍā al-Muẓaffar, Uṣūl al-fiqh (Alireza Bhojani)
Ibn ʿAqīl, al-Wāḍiḥ fī uṣūl al-fiqh (Feriel Bouhafa)
Muḥammad Bāqir alaṢadr, Durūs fī ʿIlm al-uṣūl, al-Ḥalaqa al-Thālitha (Alexander Hainy)
Fakhr al-dīn al-Rāzī, al-Maḥṣūl fī ʿilm uṣūl al-fiqh (Nora Kalbarczyk )
Participants: Najah Ahmed, Abdullah Alobaid, Rana Alsoufi, Alireza Bhojani, Ziad Bou Akl, Feriel Bouhafa, Rob Gleave, Paul Gledhill, Alexander Hainy, Wissam Halawi, Nora Kalbarczyk, Kumail Rajani, and Hadi Rizvi.
22-23 MAY 2017: Quran and Legal Interpretation
In this workshop, we examined the legal interpretation of specific Quranic verses, and both the common and unique methods of interpretation in Sunni and Shīʿī legal texts. How jurists derived legal rulings derived from Quranic verses was the principal focus of our discussions.
Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, Kitāb 55, Bābs 8-10. Re; 4.11 (Belal Abo-Alabbas)
Al-Qurtubī, al-Jāmiʿ lil-Aḥkām (Beirut: Dār al-Kutub al-ʿIlimyya), vol.5, p.168f – re:Q4.34 9 (Karen Bauer)
Aḥmad b. Ismāʿīl al-Jazāʾirī (d.1151/1738-9), Qalāʾid al-Durar fī bayān aḥkām al-Qurʿān bil-athar (Qum: Maktabat al-Nashr al-Islāmī, 1332AH), v.2, p.368f; re: Q2.283 (Alex Hainy-Khaleeli)
Al-Shaykh al-Ṣadūq Ibn Bābawayh, Man Lā Yaḥduruhu al-faqīh (Beirut: Muʾassasat al-aʿlamī, 1406/1986), v.3, p.299f. Concerning mutʿa, citing Q24.3; 66.3. (George Warner)
Participants: Belal Abo-Alabbas, Mustafa Baig, Karen Bauer, Rob Gleave, Paul Gledhill, Alex Hainy-Khaleeli, Robert Hoyland, Jewel Jalil, Zarangez Karmova, Tayyeb Mimouni, Hadi Rizvi and George Warner.
13-14 MARCH 2017: Uṣūl texts workshop: Texts on Khabar al-Wāḥid
In this workshop, we read texts relating to the authoritativeness or probative force of isolated traditions (ḥujjiya khabar al-wāḥid), looking particularly at epistemological issues. Broadly speaking, many of the assumptions of the disputes around khabar al-wāḥid were shared between the traditions examined in the workshop.
Ibn Ḥazm, al-Iḥkām, p.104-119 (Tariq Al-Timimi)
Al-Ghazālī, al-Mustaṣfā, p.219-228 (Ziad Bou Akl)
Al-Tūnī, al-Wāfiyya, p.2-11 (Mehrdad Alipour)
Al-Muẓaffar, Uṣūl al-fiqh, p.79-82 (Hashim Bata)
Participants: Najah Ahmed, Omar Anchassi, Tariq Al-Timimi, Mustafa Baig, Hashim Bata, Alireza Bhojani, Ziad Bou Akl, Rob Gleave, Tayyeb Mimouni and Abdullah Sliti.
30-31 JANUARY 2017: Ḥadīth and Fiqh Texts
How law is derived from the hadith corpus is intimately linked to the development of particular conception of Sunna. The legal rules found in hadith reports whether ascribed to the Prophet, early authorities or the Shīʿī Imams are subject to differing treatments across the traditions. In this workshop we compared the mechanisms of how fiqh is derived from hadith, and the status of hadith as a legal source in the selected texts.
al-Tahāwī, Sharḥ mushkil al-Āthār (Azaher Miah)
al-Zuhrī, Mukhtaṣar (introduction) (Paul Gledhill)
Imāmī Khums traditions (Ed Hayes)
Shīʿī writers on the adhān (Kumail Rajani)
Participants: Belal Abo-Alabbas, Tariq Al-Timimi, Omar Anchassi, Mustafa Baig, Rob Gleave, Paul Gledhill, Wissam Halawi, Ed Hayes, Jewel Jalil, Zarangez Karimova, Tayyeb Mimouni, Kumail Rajani and Abdullah Sliti.
14-15 November 2016: Uṣūl texts workshop: Texts on Ijmāʿ
The doctrine of ijmāʿ represents one of the major points of difference between Sunni and Shīʿī legal theorists. In this workshop, we examined the justifications for the doctrine of consensus in the two traditions, and how some scholars have proposed theories which aim to create common ground between the two traditions.
Bāqir al-Ṣadr, Durūs fi ʿilm al-uṣūl, v.3, 158-165 (Alireza Bhojani)
Shāshī, Uṣūl al-Shāshī, 208-212 (Mansur Ali)
Ibn Qudāma, Rawḍat al-Naẓar, 160-163 (Abdullah Sliti)
Taftazānī, al-Talwīh ʿalā al-Tanqīh, v.2, 116-122. (Najah Ahmed)
Participants: Najah Ahmed, Mansur Ali, Omar Anchassi, Mustafa Baig, Alireza Bhojani, Rob Gleave, Tayyeb Mimouni, Abdullah Sliti and Tariq Al-Timimi.