The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law - Haifaa G. Khalafallah

The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law - Haifaa G. Khalafallah

Chapter 1: The Contexts: Al-Ghazali and His Worlds (1917–1996)

The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law - Haifaa G. Khalafallah

Haifaa G. Khalafallah [+-]
Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies
Haifaa G. Khalafallah founded and presently directs the Sinai Centre for Islamic Mediterranean Studies, SCIMS, a UK based volunteer Muslim educational group. Previously she taught Islamic and Middle East history at Georgetown University, including in its various campuses in Washington DC, Doha, and Alanya.

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The story of Ghazali starts with his contexts. The book suggests that what is Islamic about a particular law, rule, or a legal argument is embedded in how this argument or rule managed the tension generated from relating an ever-changing set of circumstances (contexts), to unchanging scriptural contents, often in reference to an variety of fiqh precedents that this process generated (texts). Following this outline, the first chapter explores this Shaykh’s intellectual and personal backgrounds as well as his career path. It highlights key features that decided Mohammad al-Ghazali’s great sway among his people, such as communal memories and the institutional affiliations that helped or hindered this influence.

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Khalafallah, Haifaa. Chapter 1: The Contexts: Al-Ghazali and His Worlds (1917–1996). The al-Ghazali Enigma and why Shari'a is not Islamic Law. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 21-49 Apr 2017. ISBN 9781781792957. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27541. Date accessed: 19 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27541. Apr 2017

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