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"The need for new development in Islamic law is universally recognized. Nevertheless, attempts by Muslim scholars at reform has so far been timid providing only piecemeal solutions to the challenges of fast changing social, economic and political conditions. Michael Mumisa has recognized this fact and called for a new set of rules derived, as they must from the Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunna. This means therefore, that the Islamic legal theory itself (usul al-fiqh) needs to be re-interpreted taking into consideration the new challenges faced by the present generation. This is based on the recognition that these theories and principles of law in Islam are themselves contextual and therefore reflect the historical, cultural, social and political conditions under which they were formulated and drawn. In order for any religion or system to function within a society, it has to take a form that is common and relevant to its context. This was the case with Islam and the historical beginning of the Shari’ah. Michael Mumisa challenges the attempt to universalize the historical context of the Qur’an or the conditions under which Islamic thought developed. He writes with the authority of a scholar who is steeped in the traditional system of education and modern Western Studies"
Dr. Shaikh Zaki M. A. Badawi
Professor of Islamic Law and Dean of London Postgraduate Muslim Collage, Chairman of the Muslim Law (Shari’ah) Council of Great Britain, Vice-chairman of World Congress of Faiths.
Michael Mumisa, a native of South Africa, is well steeped in the subject matter of his book. After completing a four year Diploma in Arabic Literature from Iqra College at Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe, he went on to receive his Alimiyyah graduate degree from the Darul Ulum – Newcastle (South Africa) after six years of intensive training in the traditional Islamic sciences and classical Arabic literature. He holds postgraduate Honors degree summa cum laude from the Rands Afrikaans University and a Masters degree in Critical and Literary Theory from University of South Africa. He has taught in the Department of Semitic Languages, Rands Afrikaans University and was a research fellow at the Islamic Research Center in Pretoria. Currently, he is pursuing postgraduate studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
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