This book is an English translation of Dr. Wahbah Al-Zuhayli's Al-Fiqh Al-Islami wa Adillatuh. My goal in providing this translation was to give non-Arabic readers access to the rich Islamic juristic literature on Financial transactions.
I should caution the uninitiated reader that this English translation is no more accessible than the Arabic original. Islamic jurisprudence is a highly technical field, and jurists have somewhat unorthodox writing styles. In this sense, juristic writings are no more accessible to new readers than any other set of technical writings (in law, science, etc.). Moreover, Islamic jurists, especially in the area of comparative jurisprudence, tend to write in a highly "non-linear" style. By "non-linear", I mean that the reader is required to take multiple passes through any particular passage before the logic of the text becomes apparent.
For example, the author may first mention the opinion of one jurist, then mention an opposing opinion by other jurists, then mention the proof of the latter group followed by a proof of the former. The text may then continue to go back-and-forth with discussions of the juristic principles upon which the varying opinions are based. This zigzagging may continue for a number of passages, requiring the reader to try to "keep-up" with the author. Whenever possible, I tried to "linearize" the author's line of thought. However, in most cases, I maintained the order of the text to avoid departing significantly from its structure.
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