We honor Dr. Omer Awass, Associate Professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies, who has recently published Fatwa and the Making and Renewal of Islamic Law: From the Classical Period to the Present (Cambridge University Press, May 2023).
In his book, Dr. Awass examines the formation, history, and transformation of the Islamic legal discourse and institutions through the lens of a particular legal practice: the issuance of fatwas (legal opinions).
Tracing the growth of Islamic law over a vast geographical expanse -from Andalusia to India – and a long temporal span – from the 7th to the 21st century, he conceptualizes fatwas as the ‘atomic units’ of Islamic law. Awass argues that they have been a crucial element in the establishment of an Islamic legal tradition. He also provides numerous case studies that touch on economic, social, political, and religious topics.
This volume is the first to offer a comprehensive investigation of fatwas within such a broad spatio-temporal scope. It demonstrates how instrumental fatwas have been to the formation of Islamic legal traditions and institutions, as well as their unique forms of reasoning.
You may purchase a copy from Cambridge University Press, here. It is also available on Amazon.