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Lessons in Islamic Jurisprudence


Title: Lessons in Islamic Jurisprudence

Author: Muhamamd Baqir al-Sadr

Translator: Roy Parviz Mottahedeh

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr’s book on Usul al-Fiqh is the most popular introductory/intermediate level text on the subject. It is a modern textbook designed by a monumental 20th century scholar which intended to simplify and standardize jurisprudential education for seminary students. Part One has been translated into English by Roy Mottahedeh, a well-respected Professor of History (Emeritus) at Harvard. The book employs many technical terms, which are hard to keep track of in English, so the ideal way to study this book is side-by-side with an Arabic copy. One of the best features of this book is the glossary in the back, which defines important Arabic technical terms. For a more detailed understanding of this translation, please refer to Sajjad Rizvi’s book review published in the Journal of Islamic Studies.

Note: Arif Hussain has also authored an English-language translation of the same text, which was published by ICAS. Unfortunately, I have not spent any time looking through it.

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