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date: 23 October 2019

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This article discusses the historical development of Imami usul al-fiqh and the major themes that make Shi‘i usul a distinctive system of jurisprudence within the broader history of usul al-fiqh. After reviewing the history of Shi‘i usul and its early emergence from the time of al-Shaykh al-Tusi (d.460/1067) to the present, the article considers the reaction to the dominance of the model of usul al-fiqh which was initiated by al-‘Allama al-Hilli and summarised by Hasan b. Zayn al-Din. In particular, it looks at Muhammad Amin al-Astarabadi’s work called al-Fawa’id al-Madaniyya. It also examines the influence of Akhbarism on the development of Imami Shi’i legal theory and how its impetus has transformed into movements within Usulism. Finally, it explores the role played by Al-Shaykh Murtada al-Ansari as the founder of the contemporary school of Imami jurisprudence.

Keywords: usul al-fiqh, Shi‘i usul, al-Shaykh al-Tusi, al-‘Allama al-Hilli, Muhammad Amin al-Astarabadi, al-Fawa’id al-Madaniyya, Akhbarism, Usulism, Al-Shaykh Murtada al-Ansari, Imami jurisprudence

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