Some Preliminary Observations on al-Šāfiī and Later Usūl al-Fiqh: The Case of the Term bayān

  title={Some Preliminary Observations on al-{\vS}āfiī and Later Usūl al-Fiqh: The Case of the Term bayān},
  author={J. Lowry},
  • J. Lowry
  • Published 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Arabica
  • This article follows the reception of Sāfiī's (d. 204/820) concept of bayān, beginning with Ğāhiz (d. 255/868) and continuing with discussions in selected later works of usūl al-fiqh. For Sāfiī, in his Risāla, the term covered categories of divine legislative pronouncements and hermeneutical categories for addressing apparent contradictions between them. Ğāhiz, in the course of elaborating his own, different concept of bayān, seems to have been polemically engaged with Sāfiī's. For Ğāhiz, as… CONTINUE READING
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