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The Fatigue of the Shari‘a

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 1-8
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 11-22
    3. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 23-37
    4. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 39-54
  4. Jurists and Nonjurists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 57-71
    3. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 73-83
    4. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 85-97
  5. Modernity and Its Questions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 101-127
    3. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 129-149
  6. Beyond Modernity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 153-172
    3. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 173-179
    4. Ahmad Atif Ahmad
      Pages 181-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-208

About this book


The Fatigue of the Shari'a places on a continuum two kinds of debates: debates in the Islamic tradition about the end of access to divine guidance and debates in modern scholarship in Islamic legal studies about the end of the Shari'a. The resulting continuum covers what access to divine guidance means and how it relates to Shari'a.


history Islam religion Tradition

About the authors

AHMAD ATIF AHMADIS Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara, USA.

Bibliographic information


"In the past, leading scholars of Islam debated whether humanity could ever lose the kind of divine guidance they received in the revelation of the Qur'an and in the Shari'a. In this insightful and intriguing monograph, Ahmad A. Ahmad documents and analyzes these debates, and he shows why that question is particularly important today and how it can be answered." - Frank Griffel, Professor of Islamic Studies, Yale University

"An engaged and interesting account of the ongoing debate - begun in the medieval era - as to whether the Shari'a will survive until the end of time, Ahmad's book tackles also other significant topics, including the unaided ability of the human intellect to arrive at binding norms. As such, the discussion bears important implications for modern Muslim societies, particularly those which are changing." - Georges Tamer, M. S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies,

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University