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Peter Adamson on Medieval Islamic Jurisprudence

Season 1, Ep. 375

In this episode, Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Islamic Philosophy at the LMU in Munich, discusses his essay "Taqlid: Authority and the Intellectual Elite in the Islamic World," which will be part of a lecture series at Notre Dame. Adamson begins by explaining the difference between the Islamic law concepts of "taqlid," which roughly means "rule-following" or "precedent" and "ijtihad," which roughly means "intellectual struggle." He explains how these were contested concepts in medieval Islamic jurisprudence and theology, and reflects on how they informed jurisprudential ideology. He also discusses the Aristotelian move in late medieval Islamic jurisprudence and how it reframed the debate. He closes by discussing the larger project of which this essay is a part, as well as the new book he edited, "Philosophy and Jurisprudence in the Islamic World."

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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