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Title:The Maliki school of law: spread and domination in North and West Africa 8th to 14th centuries C.E.
Author:Mansour, Mansour HasanISNI
City of publisher:San Francisco
Publisher:Austin & Winfield
ISBN:1880921812; 1880921804
Geographic terms:Islamic countries
West Africa
Northern Africa
Northeast Africa
Subjects:Islamic history
Islamic law
Abstract:Muslims in North and West Africa subscribe to the Maliki interpretation of Islam, the second largest of the four schools of Islamic law. This study traces the rise and domination of Malikism through an exploration of medieval and modern Arabic historical works, as well as European sources. After presenting the life and teaching of Malik Ibn Anas, the founder of the school in the 8th century, the book concentrates on the role of his disciples in spreading the law. The study examines the work of the Egyptian, Qayrawanian and Andalusian followers of Malik, chronicles the rise of Malikism over Kharrijism and Shiism in North Africa during the post-Abbasid regimes and the Fatimid period, as well as the growing influence of Malikism during the Almoravid and Almohad empires. The study also explores how the adoption by the Berbers of Malikism as a medieval form of nationalism greatly contributed to establishing its sway throughout the Maghreb and West Africa up to the 14th century.