Ijtihad in Usul al-Fiqh: Reforming Islamic Thought through Structural Ijtihad

Journal Article (Academic article)

Ijtihad, or independent reasoning, has been the first cause of the dynamism of Islam from within for several centuries, and it has worked well. According to this method, Muslim scholars—mostly jurists (fuqaha)—referred to the Qur’an and the tradition of the prophet Muhammad in order to find the practical duties (shari’a) of believers. The ordinances of shari’a that were introduced by the jurists were sufficient for the believers. They enjoyed practicing these ordinances (ahkam), and the order of Muslims’ lives continued without difficulty.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kadivar, M

Published Date

  • November 2015

Published In

  • Iran Nameh

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 3

Start / End Page

  • XX - XXVII

Published By


  • 8

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2159-421X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0892-4147


  • English

Conference Location

  • Canada