Scholarship in “Plain English”: Joseph Lowry on the First Islamic Legal Theory

By Cem Tecimer Abstract: Joseph Lowry argues that, much like other legal systems, Islamic legal systems, since their formative periods, grappled with the question of how to reconcile competing jurisprudential arguments and a commitment to orderly jurisprudence. Lowry situates Ibn al-Muqaffa‘’s works in this context, arguing that he was among the earlier jurists with a … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Joseph Lowry on the First Islamic Legal Theory

Scholarship in “Plain English”: Joseph Lowry on Reading the Qur’an as a Law Book

By Cem Tecimer Abstract: Joseph Lowry questions whether the Qurʾān can be Read as a Law Book. Lowry argues that the Qur’ān is a text full of literary references, often cannot be read as imposing obligations onto its readers, and varies in its choice of legal form and vocabulary, all of which prevent it from … Continue reading Scholarship in “Plain English”: Joseph Lowry on Reading the Qur’an as a Law Book