Some Preliminary Observations on al-Šāfiī and Later Usūl al-Fiqh: The Case of the Term bayān

Some Preliminary Observations on al-Šāfiī and Later Usūl al-Fiqh: The Case of the Term bayān © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157005808X364599 Arabica 55 (2008) 505-527 www.brill.nl/arab Some Preliminary Observations on al-Šāfi ʿ ī and Later Us ̣ ūl al-Fiqh : Th e Case of the Term bayān Joseph E. Lowry University of Pennsylvania Abstract Th is article follows the reception of Šāfi ʿ ī’s (d. 204/820) concept of bayān , beginning with G ̌ āh ̣ iz ̣ (d. 255/868) and continuing with discussions in selected later works of us ̣ ūl al-fi qh . For Šāfi ʿ ī, in his Risāla , the term covered categories of divine legislative pronouncements and hermeneutical categories for addressing apparent contradictions between them. G ̌ āh ̣ iz ̣ , in the course of elabora- ting his own, diff erent concept of bayān, seems to have been polemically engaged with Šāfi ʿ ī’s. For G ̌ āh ̣ iz ̣ , as for the later us ̣ ūl authors, the term connotes a successful act of communication, yet later authors continued to attempt to explain Šāfi ʿ ī’s use of the term, which fi t badly into their own conceptual framework. Th e disjunction between Šāfi ʿ ī’s and later authors’ use of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Arabica Brill

Some Preliminary Observations on al-Šāfiī and Later Usūl al-Fiqh: The Case of the Term bayān

Arabica, Volume 55 (5): 505 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157005808X364599 Arabica 55 (2008) 505-527 www.brill.nl/arab Some Preliminary Observations on al-Šāfi ʿ ī and Later Us ̣ ūl al-Fiqh : Th e Case of the Term bayān Joseph E. Lowry University of Pennsylvania Abstract Th is article follows the reception of Šāfi ʿ ī’s (d. 204/820) concept of bayān , beginning with G ̌ āh ̣ iz ̣ (d. 255/868) and continuing with discussions in selected later works of us ̣ ūl al-fi qh . For Šāfi ʿ ī, in his Risāla , the term covered categories of divine legislative pronouncements and hermeneutical categories for addressing apparent contradictions between them. G ̌ āh ̣ iz ̣ , in the course of elabora- ting his own, diff erent concept of bayān, seems to have been polemically engaged with Šāfi ʿ ī’s. For G ̌ āh ̣ iz ̣ , as for the later us ̣ ūl authors, the term connotes a successful act of communication, yet later authors continued to attempt to explain Šāfi ʿ ī’s use of the term, which fi t badly into their own conceptual framework. Th e disjunction between Šāfi ʿ ī’s and later authors’ use of the

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: COMMUNICATION; LINGUISTICS; ISLAMIC LAW; LEGAL THEORY; BAYAN; USUL AL-FIQH; GAHIZ; SAFII

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