The Scope of Diversity and Ikhtilaf (Juristic Disagreement) in the Shari’ah

By: Mohammad Hashim Kamali

“It is due mainly to the recognition and tolerance of disagreement among the“ulama” over juristic issues that Islamic law is often described as a diversity within unity: that is, unity as regards to basic principles, and diversity regarding details. A tangible manifestation of ikhtilaf in Islamic las is the prevalence of at least five different schools of jurisprudence which have survived to this day and have followers throughout the Muslim world. “

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