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Debate on Methodology of Renewing Muslim Law: A Search for a Synthetic Approach
1International Islamic University, Malaysia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Citation Information: Global Jurist. Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages –, ISSN (Online) 1934-2640, DOI: 10.2202/1934-2640.1343, January 2010
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Islamic law as a sum total of juristic views believed and practiced by Muslims, by and large, is locked in interpretations made by legal scholars of the medieval ages. To relate it to contemporary needs of the Ummah, Muslim thinkers have been entangled with the question of its renewal for the past two centuries. In this pursuit, the thorniest question has surrounded the methodology of accomplishing such a renewal. This has given rise to three main trends, namely traditionalist, liberal and middle of the road approaches to the renewal of Islamic law. This paper, however, argues that rejuvenating Muslim religious law requires a synthetic method rather than a bigoted exclusivist approach as advocated by the proponents of renewal in our time.