Authority and Plurality in Muslim Legal Traditions: The Case of Ismaili Law

American Journal of Comparative Law, Forthcoming

NUS Law Working Paper No. 2018/008

NUS - Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper 18/02

21 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2018 Last revised: 1 May 2018

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Arif A. Jamal

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 15, 2018

Abstract

Islamic law is often said to be very pluralistic due to its interpretational variations. At the level of sources, however, accounts of Islamic law have generally emphasized the reliance on a set of major ‘roots’ of law, with other lesser sources. This paper discusses on the case of Nizari Ismaili law in historical as well as contemporary terms, elaborating its authority structure, especially the concept of Imamat and role of the Imam, as well as using it to strengthen the case that plurality in Islamic law can and should be extended to a plurality of sources as well as of rules.

Keywords: Ismaili, Islam, Imamat, plurality, authority, Muslim

Suggested Citation

Jamal, Arif A., Authority and Plurality in Muslim Legal Traditions: The Case of Ismaili Law (February 15, 2018). American Journal of Comparative Law, Forthcoming; NUS Law Working Paper No. 2018/008; NUS - Centre for Asian Legal Studies Working Paper 18/02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3141048

Arif A. Jamal (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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