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The Pillars of Islam: Da 'A' Im Al-Islam of Al-Qadi Al-Nu'man (Volume II)

Asaf A.A. Fyzee (Translator) Ismail Kurban Husein Poonawala (Author)
Synopsis The Da’a’im al-Islam, composed by al-Qadi al-Nu’man around the year 349/960, was the official code of the Fatimid State. It was commissioned by the Fatimid caliph al Mu’iss li’Din Allah, both for the use of the State as well as the Isma’ili community. Imam al-Mu’izz closely scrutinized the entire work. It is therefore not surprising that the text is considered by the Musta’ili law upto the present day, and it remains a source of supreme authority in their legal matters. Courts in the subcontinent also apply this text in personal and family matters in the form of the Isma’ili law manual. Al-Qadi al-Nu’man served the first four Fatimid caliphs successively in various capacities. He reached the apogee of his career during the reign of Imam al-Mu’izz; he was elevated to the highest judicial office in the Fatimid Empire. He was authorized by the caliph to conduct ‘wisdom sessions’ every Friday and instruct the congregation on the religious sciences of the da’wa. The Pillars of Islam is the first authoritative English translation of the D’a’im. The first volume discusses faith, devotion, ritual purity, prayer, funerals, alms tax, fasting, pilgrimage, and jihad. The second volume deals with a wide range of subjects such as food, dress, medicine, oaths, hunting, ritual slaughter, business transactions, marriage, divorce, inheritance, criminal punishments, the question of apostasy, and the etiquette of judges. The translation not only renders the Arabic original into a modern idiom with grace and clarity, but its rich annotations also draw extensively on both parallel Arabic sources and the intensive research of recent years. It is further complemented by a bibliography for additional reading, a glossary of technical terms, appendices, and detailed indices. It will be an invaluable addition to all libraries and institutions dealing with Islamic studies, religious, and socio-legal studies. Scholars and students of law, religion, applied jurisprudence, and philosophy will all find this comprehensive volume a useful reference. It will be especially important for lawyers and judges as this remains the greatest authority on Isma’ili law and is the source of supreme authority in legal matters pertaining to the community.
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About the authors

Asaf A.A. Fyzee

Asaf A.A. Fyzee, an outstanding scholar of Islamic law, was the Perry Professor of Islamic Jurisprudence and Principal of the Government Law College, Mumbai. He held several public offices and was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. He is the author of Outlines of Muhammadan Law (1949, OUP 1999) and A Modern Approach to Islam (1963).

Ismail Kurban Husein Poonawala

Ismail K.H. Poonawala is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A specialist in Isma’ili studies, he is the author of Bibliography of Isma’ili Literature (1977), and the editor of several Isma’ili texts. He has also translated with annotations, Volume IX of Tabari’s history, entitled The Last Years of the Prophet (1990) and The Pillars of Islam, Volume I: Acts of Devotion and Religious Observances (2002).

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Title The Pillars of Islam: Da 'A' Im Al-Islam of Al-Qadi Al-Nu'man (Volume II)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195667840
length l+636p., Glossary; Appendices; Bibliography; Index;22cm.