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This chapter is written by Adday Hernández

Jurisprudence is an important subject for the Muslim scholars of the Horn, and after the devotional topics, it is the most widely cultivated genre, with more than 350 works recorded in the corpus. The majority of the texts are Shāfiʿī works, since this is the most prominent school of law in the area.

The two major sources of influence in Islamic legal matters in the Horn of Africa were Egypt and Yemen. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Ottoman ideas and practices permeated the legal thought in the two countries a…

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“Jurisprudence”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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