6. Legal Developments and the Gradual Emergence of Sunni Islam
Aaron W. Hughes [+]
University of Rochester
This chapter focuses on the emergence and subsequent development of Islamic law, something that increasingly came to define the emergence of the other major denomination in Islam, Sunnism. It examines the rise of a class (the ulama) to determine the law (sharia), before exploring the sources used to determine this law and the various legal schools that arose it.