The Restoration of Sunnism: The Early History of Islamic Law Schools and the Pro

By Gary Leiser

 

The Restoration of Sunnism is a study of the early history of Islamic law schools (s. madrasa, pl. madāris) and their professors in late Fāṭimid and Aiyūbid Egypt (495–647/1101–1249). It describes the origin and spread of these institutions, their teachers, and their role in the religious life of Egypt. This work is a lightly revised version of the author’s 1976 University of Pennsylvania doctoral dissertation, which remains one of the most important works on the history of the premodern institution of the madrasa to date. Unlike many publications on the madāris in recent decades, which argue that medieval Islamic legal education was informal and lacked structure, the present work endeavors to detect the elements of structure and order in the institution of the madrasa and in its educational curricula and the practices associated with it. Leiser’s ground-breaking work stands out for its attention to detail and to the political, economic, and religious background of twelfth- and thirteenth-century Egypt.

 
Gary Leiser is a retired historian for the United States Air Force and former curator of the Travis Air Museum. He has published and lectured widely on Islamic social history.

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    RAIS 14

    xviii + 328 pages + 6 plates

    7x10 inches

    978-1-948488-89-1 (hardcover)

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    March 2022

  • Table of Contents

    Series Editors’ Preface
    Preface
    Introduction
    List of Maps, Plates, and Manuscript Folios
    Maps

    Chapter 1: The Sources
    Chapter 2: The Non-Shiʿi Communities during the Last Years of Fāṭimid Rule in Egypt, 495–567/1101–71
    Chapter 3: The Earliest Madrasas in Egypt
    Chapter 4: Saladin’s Madrasas
    Chapter 5: Other Madrasas of the Aiyūbid Period
    Chapter 6: The Madrasa in Egyptian Society
    Appendixes
    Bibliography
    Index
    Plates
    Manuscript Folios