Makers of the Muslim World: 'Abd al-Rahman b. 'Amr al-Awza'i
By: Judd, Steven C.
A comprehensive study of an often overlooked figure in the history of Islamic thought, whose influence on aspects of Islamic law endures to this day
Abd al-Rahman b. ‘Amr al-Awza‘i (c.707-774) was Umayyad Syria's most influential jurist, part of a generation of scholars who began establishing the first formal structures for the preservation and dissemination of religious knowledge. Following the Abbasid revolution, they provided a point of stability in otherwise unstable times.
Despite his close ties to the old regime, al-Awza‘i continued to participate in legal and theological matters in the Abbasid era. Although his immediate impact would prove short-lived, his influence on aspects of Islamic law, particularly the laws of war, endures to this day.
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Judd, Steven C.
Oneworld Publications, London, 2019
14 x 22 cm / 5.75 x 8.75 in
Islam - Biography - History
THIS SERIES is devoted to the men and women throughout history who have made a significant contribution to the political, intellectual and religious landscape of the Muslim world. Each title combines first-rate scholarship with a strong emphasis on readability, and will serve as a perfect introduction for lay readers and academics alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Steven Judd is Professor of Middle East History at Southern Connecticut State University. He has been studying early Islamic law and theology, especially during the Umayyad period, for over twenty years, and is the author of Religious Scholars and the Umayyads. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
REVIEWS ‘Despite the fragmentary evidence at his disposal, Judd has given us a nuanced and well-rounded portrait of the life and teaching of an important but largely neglected jurist and theologian of the formative period of Islamic legal thought.'
- R. Stephen Humphreys, Professor Emeritus of History and Islamic Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara