Allegory of the Rule (Ḥukm): Law as Simulacrum
How are norms and legal values determined by Islamic theology? This article explores the nexus between law and theology in Islam. Rules determined by human effort acquire a certain sacred character because the theological imaginary facilitates a cosmic link between earthly rules and heavenly decrees.
Subjecthukm; law; Islamic law; Islamic theology; ilm al-kalam; fiqh; Shari`a; Sharia; Muslim law; simulacrum
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Professor in the Department of Religious Studies
Ebrahim E.I. Moosa is Professor of Religious and Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. Dr Moosa is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, winner of the American Academy of Religion's Best First Book in the History of Religions (2006) and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A
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