The Early History of Ismaili Jurisprudence
I. B. Tauris 2013
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Al-QÄá¸Ä« al-Nuá¿¾mÄn (d. 363/974) was the primary architect of IsmÄá¿¾Ä«lÄ« jurisprudence which was formed under the Fatamids. The Early History of Ismaili Jurisprudence (I. B. Tauris, 2013) provides an English translation and edited Arabic edition of a work held to be written by al-Nuá¿¾mÄn, the MinhÄj al-farÄ’iá¸, a brief tract on inheritance law. However, author Agostino Cilardo, Professor at the ‘Orientale’ of UniversitÃ degli Studi di Napoli (Naples), offers his readers much more in this book. The first half of this work explores critical questions concerning the development of IsmÄá¿¾Ä«lÄ« jurisprudence which includes synopses of the theories concerning the progression and originality of IsmÄá¿¾Ä«lÄ« jurisprudence. This is followed by an analysis of the MinhÄj alongside four other works penned by al-Nuá¿¾mÄn: KitÄb al-iqtiá¹£Är, KitÄb al-yanbÅ«á¿¾, Mukhtaá¹£ar al-ÄthÄr, and Daá¿¾Ä’im al-IslÄm. This study allows Professor Cilardo to draw a number of conclusions about the work itself, the maturation of IsmÄá¿¾Ä«lÄ« jurisprudence, and how IsmÄá¿¾Ä«lÄ« law (fiqh) compares to other ShÄ«á¿¾Ä« and the Sunni legal traditions, in terms of legal inheritance. The book is well written and meticulous in its organization. Scholars and students of Islam will find this work invaluable, and it is a good tool for those interested in both jurisprudence and IsmÄá¿¾Ä«lÄ« studies.