Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Early Imāmī Law

  title={Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Early Imāmī Law},
  author={R. Gleave},
This chapter identifies elements of the legal reasoning that are found in early Imāmī legal texts which, implicitly or explicitly, rely on a concept of literal meaning. The distinction between ḥadīth and fiqh was blurred in the Imāmī literature of the tenth and early eleventh centuries. Many of the most influential ḥadīth "collections" were in the form of either works of fiqh or commentaries on works of fiqh . Furthermore, the Imams were understood to be jurists, and hence their statements… Expand
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