Books on Islamic Jurisprudence: Recommended by Dr. Abou El Fadl

Note: [Republished from the Scholar of the House website] The books listed below were selected by Dr. Abou El Fadl from a comprehensive bibliography of Islamic Studies books compiled by Professor Patrick O'Donnell, published in 2003. Books published after 2003 are not included. [Go to the complete comprehensive bibliography by Professor O'Donnell.] 


Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced designations were determined by Dr. Abou El Fadl. Placement of a book within this section was determined by Professor O'Donnell.





Ahmad, Kassim. Hadith: A Re-evaluation. Fremont, CA: Universal Unity, 1997.

Kamali, Mohammad Hashim. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence. Cambridge, UK: The Islamic Texts Society, revised ed., 2000.

Lindholm, Tore and Kari Vogt, eds. Islamic Law Reform and Human Rights: Challenges and Rejoinders. Copenhagen: Nordic Human Rights Publications, 1993.

Mir-Hosseini, Ziba. Marriage on Trial: A Study of Islamic Family Law?Iran and Morocco Compared. London: I.B. Tauris, 2001.

Peters, Rudolph. Jihad in Classical and Modern Islam: A Reader. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener, 1996.

Siddīqī, Muhammad Zubayr. Hadith Literature: Its Origin, Development & Special Features. Cambridge, UK: The Islamic Texts Society, 1993.

Sonbol, Amira El-Azhary. Women of Jordan: Islam, Labor and the Law. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2003.

Sonbol, Amira El-Azhary, ed. Women, The Family, and Divorce Laws in Islamic History. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1996.




Abou El Fadl, Khaled. Speaking in God's Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women. Oxford, England: Oneworld, 2001.

Azami, M.M. On Schacht's Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence. New York: John Wiley, 1985.

Fareed, Muneer Goolam. Legal Reform in the Muslim World: The Anatomy of a Scholarly Dispute in the 19th and the Early 20th Centuries on the Usage of Ijtihād as a Legal Tool. Bethesda, MD: Austin & Winfield, 1996.

Gerber, Haim. State, Society, and Law in Islam: Ottoman Law in Comparative Perspective. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1994.

Hallaq, Wael B. Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Hallaq, Wael B. A History of Islamic Legal Theories: an introduction to Sunnī usūl al-fiqh. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Hallaq, Wael B. Law and Legal Theory in Classical and Medieval Islam. Aldershot: Ashgate/Variorum, 1995.

Heer, Nicholas L., ed. Islamic Law and Jurisprudence: Studies in Honor of Farhat J. Ziadeh. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1990.

Johansen, Baber. Contingency in a Sacred Law: Legal and Ethical Norms in Muslim Fiqh. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1999.

Johansen, Baber. The Islamic Law on Land Tax and Rent: The Peasants? Loss of Property Rights as Interpreted in the Hanafite Legal Literature of the Mamluk and Ottoman Periods. London: Croom Helm, 1988.

Khadduri, Majid. Al-Shafii's Risala: Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence. Cambridge, UK: Islamic Texts Society, 1999.

Makdisi, George. Religion, Law and Learning in Classical Islam. Aldershot: Ashgate/Variorum, 1991.

Masud, Muhammad Khalid, Brinkley Messick and David S. Powers, eds. Islamic Legal Interpretation: Muftis and their Fatwas. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Stewart, Devon J. Islamic Legal Orthodoxy: Twelver Shiite Responses to the Sunni Legal System. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 1998.

Weiss, Bernard G. The Search for God's Law: Islamic Jurisprudence in the Writings of Sayf al-Dīn al-Āmidī. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 1992.




Abou El Fadl, Khaled. Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Khadduri, Majid, trans. The Islamic Law of Nations: Shaybānī's Siyar. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

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