Academic Article

The Sources of Ismaili Law

This paper was delivered at the Congress of the American Oriental Society in Santa Barbara in March 1974. In it, Wilferd Madelung presents his exhaustive research into the origins and sources of a monumental document that was considered lost to history; the Kitab al-idah, Qadiinfo-icon al-Nu‘man's first legal work - a vast collection of legal traditions transmitted from the family of the Prophet (ahl al-baytinfo-icon), indicating their points of consensus (ijma‘) and conflict (ikhtilaf) and elucidating what was firmly established doctrine in them with evidence and proofs. This article provides an invaluable resource for academics and students of Islamic studies and related fields.

Key words: Isma‘ili Law, Tayyibi, Zaydi, Imami, Fatimidsinfo-icon, Qadi al-Nu‘man, Da‘a’im al-Islam, Kitab al-idah, isnad, hadithinfo-icon, ahl al-bayt, Imaminfo-icon Ja‘far al-Sadiq, Imam Muhammad al-Baqir.

 
 

This is an edited version of an article that originally appeared in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 35 No.1, University of Chicago Press, 1976, pp 29-40.

This paper was delivered at the Congress of the American Oriental Society in Santa Barbara in March 1974. In it, Wilferd Madelung presents his exhaustive research into the origins and sources of a monumental document that was considered...