Studying the vibrant yet controversial interaction between Ibn Taymiyyah and the Hanbali School of law, this book assesses to what extent this relationship was a conflict or reconciliation. The author takes a detailed exploration of the following issues:
the strength of contributions made to this School by earlier paragons associated with Ahmad Ibn Hanbal
the contextual constructs which shaped the tradition’s development
the methodology and literature synonyms within the classical School
the manner by which Ibn Taymiyyah engaged with the Hanbali tradition
the impact of his thought upon the later expression of the School’s legal doctrines and its theoretical principles
the contribution made by this School in general to the synthesis of Islamic law.
Giving background material to the Hanbali School of law, this book is a vital reference work for those with interests in Islamic law, the history of the Hanbalite tradition and its principle luminaries.