The Significance of the Sunni Schools of Law in Islamic Religious History

@article{Makdisi1979TheSO,
  title={The Significance of the Sunni Schools of Law in Islamic Religious History},
  author={G. Makdisi},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  year={1979},
  volume={10},
  pages={1-8}
}
  • G. Makdisi
  • Published 1979
  • History
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
  • One of the more interesting phenomena in Islamic religious history is the development of the schools of law. This phenomenon has seldom failed to arouse ourinterest, though it has consistently eluded our understanding. The difficulty in grasping the significance of the schools of law is evidenced by vacillation in translating the term madhhab . This term was first translated as ‘sect,’ then as ‘rite’ or ‘school.’ But a Sunni madhhab could not be a sect, since the term ‘sect’ is applied to a… CONTINUE READING
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