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Hastings Law Journal

Authors

Noel J. Coulson

Abstract

Islamic scholar-jurists developed a purist doctrine of Islamic law which is found in an extensive body of Arabic literature known as the Shari'a manuals. The author describes the impact this doctrine has had on the Islamic legal system in the past and notes its lessening influence today in light of the changes in Islamic family law and Islamic jurisprudential thought in general.

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