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The Origins of Islamic Law: The Qur'an, The Muwatta’ and Madinan ‘Amal. By Yasin Dutton. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press1999. Pp. 280. $80.00. ISBN: 0-700-71062-0.

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1. All citations in the text refer to the book under review.

2. Cf. my The Origins of Islamic Jurisprudence. Meccan Fiqh before the Classical Schools (forthcoming, the English version of Die Anfange der islamischen Jurisprudenz, Stuttgart 1991); (“Der Fiqh dess -Zuhrî: die Quellenproblematik”, in: Der Islam 68/1991 and “The Prophet and the Cat: on Dating Mâlik's Muwatta’ and Legal Traditions”, in: JSAI 22/1998) which focus on the generations before Malik for a summary cf. my “Die Entstehung des islamischen Rechts”, in: A. Noth/J. Paul (Hg.), Der islamische Orient—Grundziige seiner Geschichte, Würzburg 1998, 151-173).

Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Nijmegen, Institute for Languages and Cultures of the Middle-East, NL-6500 HD Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


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