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Fiqh or Islamic jurisprudence is a complete set of instructions for everyday life driven from legitimate Islamic sources. This book is a historical perspective on the formation and divisions of schools of fiqh. In addition to that Dr Bilal Philips has also identified the negate and positive roles played by madh-habs in the past. He further proposes a way in which all madh-Fiqh or Islamic jurisprudence is a complete set of instructions for everyday life driven from legitimate Islamic sources. This book is a historical perspective on the formation and divisions of schools of fiqh. In addition to that Dr Bilal Philips has also identified the negate and positive roles played by madh-habs in the past. He further proposes a way in which all madh-habs can be unified. The book is important as it draws the Muslims' attention to self-criticism that is long overdue."About the authorDr. Philips was born January 7, 1947 in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada, where he converted to Islam in 1972. He received his B.A. degree from the Islamic University of Medina and his M.A. in Aqeedah (Islamic Theology) from the King Saud University in Riyadh, then to the University of Wales, UK, where he completed a PhD in Islamic Theology in the early 90s. Philips comes from a family of educators, as both his parents were teachers and his grandfather was a Christian minister and Bible scholar. The Islamic Online University (IOU) is the brainchild of Dr. Bilal Philips....

Title : The Evolution of Fiqh: Islamic Law & the Madh-habs
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ISBN : 9789960672861
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 162 Pages
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The Evolution of Fiqh: Islamic Law & the Madh-habs Reviews

  • Maica
    2019-04-04 22:36

    A brief overview and summary of the schools of jurisprudence. Recommended for the beginner who wants to study the historical background of the Madhahib. However when one had encountered/studied the development of the history of Islam and how it came in contact with diverse civilizations and socio-politcal contexts, the book is lacking in detail in terms of analysis (both critical and objective) and depth. Intricacies are not discussed as to how inevitable differences arose, which is self-evident with the length of the book, and as such one may run the risk of having a simplistic understanding of the Islamic tradition and scholarship. The book will not suffice a reader/student who wants to study this aspect of Islamic Law.

  • Mohamed
    2019-04-05 03:36

    Excellent piece of work. I recommend this book to all Muslims, especially the ones new to learning about the religion. It is written in a very simple and easy way so that everyone at all level can understand. The only problem is there are some spelling and grammatical mistakes but it doesn't occur often. I loved this book and will continue to reread every once in a while.

  • La
    2019-04-10 05:19

    Abu Ameenah's book always seem to be very clear, even on complicated and convoluted subjects. His books are especially good for people who may not have a lt of formal Islamic study behind them...and its not translations, he is a native English speaker.

  • Bilal Ali
    2019-04-26 04:35

    Title speaks for itself. Applying a biological concept to history and the history of fiqh at that. Full of inaccuracies and misconceptions and betrays a lack of depth of scholarship from the author.

  • Mystery
    2019-04-16 22:41

    I would highly recommend this book to any Muslim out there, as it was recommended to me by my sibling. Dr. Bilal Philips does a fantastic job of addressing the way Islaamic law came to be all the way from Prophet Muhammad - Peace and Blessings be upon him. He even goes in depth about the situation today as the causes of them as well, concluding with how this can be changed, if it should, in the future. The clarity and word usage to describe the subject is concise, such that every sentence has a purpose and makes a contribution without which we would find something missing.

  • International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH)
    2019-04-26 04:35

    The main message of the book is a call to understanding juristic differences, with an aim to remove them where possible, and a proposal for the unification of the madh-habs.The Evolution of Fiqhcan be purchased directly from the publisher, International Islamic Publishing House, at or ask for it wherever IIPH books are sold.

  • Omer
    2019-03-30 00:26

    This was part of the curriculum for fiqh101 and its a one of its kind book on the evolution of fiqh aka islamic jurisprudence. Gives you an excellent understanding on how we have the four mashabs as we do today.

  • Fajr
    2019-04-10 02:33

    Mashaa'Allaah, a very simple but accurate approach to understanding the different schools of thought. Sets a good timeline on their development, prosperity or otherwise and has a balanced attitude to the sciences in general. Recommend it to everyone as a foundation for their studies.

  • Angie
    2019-04-18 00:26

    I wish it were more detailed, but for a book this short it's very comprehensive.

  • Hassan Mahfooz
    2019-04-25 04:20

    This book is essential for those embarking on the journey of Islamic studies. Highly Recommended! Even though you may differ with a few things, this book puts the Madhaahib in their perspective.

  • Mohammad Zahid Mateen
    2019-03-27 05:44

    If you are a beginner and are overwhelmed by the differences in opinion and the heavyweight position held by the Imams, then this books is a must read. it guides a person who has zero knowledge of the madhaib and leads them to an understanding so that they appreciate the different schools of jurisprudence and the effort put in by scholars throughout the 1400 years of our scholarship.

  • HuzaifaHamirani
    2019-03-28 02:21

    Besides all the good in this book, there are a few main problems. 1. This book is supposedly a book on the formation of sharia which is known in academia as tarikh tasree3. However it is an oversimplification of the subject and thus the book is a waste of pages. 2. Many of the things written in this book are not history, but in fact opinion, bias or point of view but displayed as truth without even establishing proof. 3. If the point was to talk about the evolution of fiqh in history, I don't believe one should write out their opinions and how they disagree with taqleed and the way the scholars of the centuries handled things. Last I checked history doesn't have opinions, people do. 4. Author has a misconstrued understanding of taqleed and calls for the formation of one madhab, but I guess that's what happens when a theologian writes a book pretending to be a jurist and historian.

  • Osman Iqbal Fahad
    2019-04-23 05:32

    There is a common misunderstanding in the present Muslim world that, a Muslim is obliged to follow one of the four Madhabs. But the true scenario is different from that. In this book, the author; Abu Aminah Bilal Philiphs addresses this issue. He has presented a brief history how Madhabs are introduced in Islamic Fiqh. During the course of time these Madhabs have transferred into a source of self pride and self honor of the Islamic World rather that satisfying Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'la. Finally the author praises the attempt to go back to the original form of Islam which prevailed in the time of the Messenger of Allah Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. He also refuted for the Salafi movement which originates from the Wahabi Movement. It is a must read book for every Muslims to eradicate common misunderstanding about Islamic Fiqh and Madhabs.

  • M. Azhaari Shah Sulaiman
    2019-04-13 05:35

    Penulisan buku ini sangat cemerlang dan memudahkan pemahaman, terutama bagi orang awam. Penulis memperkenalkan sejarah awal perkembangan mazhab mazhab dalam islam. Bagaimana tokoh tokoh dari mazhab mazhab ini tumbuh dari masa ke semasa, serta pengalaman saling 'menyantuni' apabila berlaku nya ikhtilaf dalam pendapat. Di akhir catatan, Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillips menganjurkan supaya menghindari dari taksub kepada mazhab dan bertaqlid, tetapi mengambil pendekatan ittiba'.

  • Rana
    2019-03-31 04:14

    Mr. Philips journeyed through the evolution of Fiqh in Islam and made it very simple. He elaborated how it was started to establish this new science during the time of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) till things went too far during the Ottoman Caliphate.I wished Mr. Philips treated the life and the approach of other Fiqh schools; like Al Abadeyya and Al Zaydeyya...

  • Aasem Bakhshi
    2019-04-19 01:36

    Perhaps, I would rate it more when I actually read it about 9 years back. Its amazing how acquisition of knowledge and time adds complexity to the discourse which may be considered very simple and straightforward, otherwise. Bilal Philips' thesis is dangerously lacking depth.

  • Tanweer
    2019-04-11 22:37

    Good writing style but simplistic viewpoint, misinformation, and mischaracterization

  • Ilaze
    2019-04-22 01:23

    cant find it in the stores in riyadh. :(

  • Muhammad Salis
    2019-04-01 04:30


  • Emmanuel Rovithis
    2019-04-13 02:41

    Covers history of ikhtilaf and the variations of major madhahab.Covers the wisdom behind schools of thought, but that they are clearly not binding on non-'ijma issues.

  • Khalid
    2019-04-13 01:33

    Some of the information in the book is slightly off but there is sufficient variety of information about Madhahib to make it worthy of keeping on the bookshelf.

  • Abdul Aziz
    2019-04-24 03:16

    Comprehensive book to know about madzhab in Islam, why and how it exist.

  • Zunaid Hassan
    2019-04-12 04:29

    Excellent and informative. I wish more people would educate themselves on this topic.

  • Anab
    2019-03-31 03:19

    All the madhab fanatics hating on this book lmao

  • Elln Sryn
    2019-04-18 21:35

    I got A for this Introduction to Shariah Law! yay me . Very easy to understand

  • littlepond
    2019-04-17 02:23

    Nice book!