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Title: A critical edition of Abū ’l-Layth al-Samarqandī’s Nawāzil
Author: Mangera, Abdur-Rahman
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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Abū ’l-Layth al-Samarqandī’s (d. 373/984) Nawāzil represents nearly two centuries of formal rulings (fatwās) up to his time from the jurists of the Ḥanafī school who succeeded Muḥammad al-Shaybānī (d. 189/805). His work is the first to be compiled in the nawāzil and fatwās genre, and this study shows that it has been cited in nearly every major Ḥanafī fiqh work after him. Based on four of the earliest manuscripts available, this research provides for the first time a critical edition of the first part (Introduction to the end of Kitāb al-Nikāḥ) of this important and pioneering text. It also discusses his sources, his position and influence in the Ḥanafī school based on a case study of several later texts, an analysis of the nawāzil genre, the value of nawāzil literature in contemporary times vis-à-vis minority fiqh, a review of his other writings and an attempt at a detailed biographical sketch of the author from the scanty details recorded in the biographical and historical sources.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral