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‘Abd al-Rahman b. ‘Amr al-Awza‘i (c.707–774) was Umayyad Syria’s most influential jurist, part of a generation of scholars who began establishing the first formal structures for the preservation and dissemination of religious knowledge. Following the Abbasid revolution, they provided a point of stability in otherwise unstable times.Despite his close ties to the old regime, al-Awza‘i continued to participate in legal and theological matters in the Abbasid era. Although his immediate impact would prove short-lived, his influence on aspects of Islamic law, particularly the laws of war, endures to this day.
Foreword Introduction Al-Awza‘i’s Biography 1 THE SOURCES 2 AL-AWZA‘I’S JURISPRUDENCE Law in the Formative Period of IslamAl-Awza‘i’s FiqhEvaluating Al-Awza‘i as a Legal Scholar 3 AL-AWZA‘I’S SCHOLARLY MILIEU Pro-Umayyad Friends and RivalsThe Hanafis: Al-Awza‘i’s FoesThe Malikis 4 AL-AWZA‘I’S THEOLOGY Damascus as a Theological CenterAl-Awza‘i’s Theological ViewsAl-Awza‘i and the QadaritesConclusions: Al-Awza‘i’s Theology 5 AL-AWZA‘I AND THE POLITICAL ELITE Al-Awza‘i and the UmayyadsSurviving the Fall of the Umayyads and the Abbasid RevolutionAl-Awza‘i and the AbbasidsAl-Awza‘i’s Post-Revolutionary LifeConclusion: Evaluating Al-Awza‘i as a Political Figure 6 AL-AWZA‘I’S LEGACY Al-Awza‘i’s StudentsAl-Awza‘i’s Regional PersistenceAl-Awza‘i’s Legal LegacyAl-Awza‘i in Modern Times Conclusion Bibliography Index