Early contributions to the theory of Islamic governance: Abd al-Ramān al-Awzāī

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Abstract

This paper deals with the political understanding of one of the early masters of fiqh, Abd al-Ramn al-Awz (d. 157/773), as manifested in his biography and what can be substantiated of his legal scholarship. It argues that, although the principles of Islamic governance were systematically formulated and laid down by later generations, the corresponding concepts were well established and acted upon in the generation of this famous Syrian scholar. The paper draws on primary historical source material that has hitherto been largely underused. It sheds light on the scholar and his time, his evaluation of political events, his attitude to and relationship with people in power and his views on the legitimacy of rulers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-164
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Islamic Studies
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

Fingerprint

legitimacy
governance
event
evaluation
time
Governance
Ruler
Historical Sources
Source Material
Fiqh
Evaluation
Legitimacy

Keywords

  • al-Awz
  • al-siysah al-sharyah
  • Islamic governance
  • Muslim scholars
  • politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

Cite this

Early contributions to the theory of Islamic governance : Abd al-Ramān al-Awzāī. / Bouzenita, Anke Iman.

In: Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2, 05.2012, p. 137-164.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

@article{f2f7748d15c14443847aa1c5882b355d,
title = "Early contributions to the theory of Islamic governance: Abd al-Ramān al-Awzāī",
abstract = "This paper deals with the political understanding of one of the early masters of fiqh, Abd al-Ramn al-Awz (d. 157/773), as manifested in his biography and what can be substantiated of his legal scholarship. It argues that, although the principles of Islamic governance were systematically formulated and laid down by later generations, the corresponding concepts were well established and acted upon in the generation of this famous Syrian scholar. The paper draws on primary historical source material that has hitherto been largely underused. It sheds light on the scholar and his time, his evaluation of political events, his attitude to and relationship with people in power and his views on the legitimacy of rulers.",
keywords = "al-Awz, al-siysah al-sharyah, Islamic governance, Muslim scholars, politics",
author = "Bouzenita, {Anke Iman}",
year = "2012",
month = "5",
doi = "10.1093/jis/ets041",
language = "English",
volume = "23",
pages = "137--164",
journal = "Journal of Islamic Studies",
issn = "0955-2340",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Early contributions to the theory of Islamic governance

T2 - Abd al-Ramān al-Awzāī

AU - Bouzenita, Anke Iman

PY - 2012/5

Y1 - 2012/5

N2 - This paper deals with the political understanding of one of the early masters of fiqh, Abd al-Ramn al-Awz (d. 157/773), as manifested in his biography and what can be substantiated of his legal scholarship. It argues that, although the principles of Islamic governance were systematically formulated and laid down by later generations, the corresponding concepts were well established and acted upon in the generation of this famous Syrian scholar. The paper draws on primary historical source material that has hitherto been largely underused. It sheds light on the scholar and his time, his evaluation of political events, his attitude to and relationship with people in power and his views on the legitimacy of rulers.

AB - This paper deals with the political understanding of one of the early masters of fiqh, Abd al-Ramn al-Awz (d. 157/773), as manifested in his biography and what can be substantiated of his legal scholarship. It argues that, although the principles of Islamic governance were systematically formulated and laid down by later generations, the corresponding concepts were well established and acted upon in the generation of this famous Syrian scholar. The paper draws on primary historical source material that has hitherto been largely underused. It sheds light on the scholar and his time, his evaluation of political events, his attitude to and relationship with people in power and his views on the legitimacy of rulers.

KW - al-Awz

KW - al-siysah al-sharyah

KW - Islamic governance

KW - Muslim scholars

KW - politics

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84861868952&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84861868952&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1093/jis/ets041

DO - 10.1093/jis/ets041

M3 - Review article

AN - SCOPUS:84861868952

VL - 23

SP - 137

EP - 164

JO - Journal of Islamic Studies

JF - Journal of Islamic Studies

SN - 0955-2340

IS - 2

ER -