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Āyāt al-aḥkām
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Āyāt al-aḥkām: ‘verses of the rules’, is a phrase applied those verses of the Qurʾān from which legal rulings are derived. It was well known amongst later jurists that the number of āyāt al-aḥkām is five hundred (e.g. see al-ʿAllāma al-Ḥillī, 242; al-Miqdād al-Suyūrī, 1/5); when the jurists refer to ‘the Book’ as their foremost evidence and legal support regarding legislation they are referring to these verses.

The difference between āyāt al-aḥkām and the other transmitted proofs is that they are deemed to be of defi…

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Ahmad Pakatchi and Translated by Russell Harris, “Āyāt al-aḥkām”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0319>
First published online: 2015

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