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Three fatwas on marriage in South India

Muhsin, Sayyed Mohamed (2021) Three fatwas on marriage in South India. Journal of Islam in Asia, 18 (1). pp. 251-282. E-ISSN 2289-8077

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Abstract

With a history dating back to the era of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), Muslims in Kerala, the second largest community in the state, mark their centuries-evolved social and religious imprints in the south-western tip of India. Among the organisational platforms, Samasta (founded on 1926) led by traditional Sunnī Shāfiʿī scholars claims the largest number of followers and is deemed as a religious authority by the masses for setting their beliefs up and finding fatwas for their religious queries. In light of the manuscripts of fatwas, publications and interviews, this study scrutinises the genesis, craft, methods and legal bases behind fatwas of Samasta. Besides, it conducts a case study of three fatwas on marriage to cross-check the peculiarities specified in the craft of fatwa and analyse the matters surrounding the issuance of a fatwa in Kerala. This study concludes that the influence of ‘past’ is evident in the ‘present’ legal interpretation of Samasta scholars.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 10187/92462
Uncontrolled Keywords: Samasta, fatwa, marriage, Shāfʿī, SFC, Legal basis, iftā’, Kerala
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > KBP Islamic Law
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh
Depositing User: Dr. Sayyed Mohamed Muhsin
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2021 15:50
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2021 15:50
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/92462

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