Pt. I. Orality during the formative period of Islamic law. Introduction ; Hermeneutics, custom and continuity ; Inheritance in the Qur'an and exegesis ; The art of elocution: declamation in the Islamic discourse ; Place of orality in Semitic traditions ; The function of sounds in Arabic ; Inheritance in the Hadith ; Conclusion pt. II. After orality: accretive ascription in Islamic law. Prelude ; Modes of authority: tradition, reason, and accretive ascription ; Intervening kalam: ascribing meaning to dalil ; Beyond the texts: definitions and applications of naskh ; Inheritance laws and orality ; Dissent and plurality in the Islamic religious discourse ; Conclusions.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -377) and index.