EP.37–Religion: The Compromise of al-Shafiʿi and the Slow Birth of Usul al-Fiqh

May 8th, 2014

This episode further discusses the debate between the Ahl al-Ra'y and Ahl al-Hadith as well as the compromise initiated by al-Shafiʿi, who will make the case for hadith as vehicle for Sunna and will establish a rudimentary base of Usul al-Fiqh (Sources/Principles of Jurisprudence). 

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EP.38–Religion: The Solidification of Sunni Legal Schools

May 20th, 2014

This episode deals with the institutionalization of the legal field in Sunni Islam and the rise of the four "orthodox" legal schools or madhabs (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafiʿi, and Hanbali).

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