Early contributions to the theory of Islamic governance: Abd al-Ramān al-Awzāī

Anke Iman Bouzenita*

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This paper deals with the political understanding of one of the early masters of fiqh, Abd al-Ramn al-Awz (d. 157/773), as manifested in his biography and what can be substantiated of his legal scholarship. It argues that, although the principles of Islamic governance were systematically formulated and laid down by later generations, the corresponding concepts were well established and acted upon in the generation of this famous Syrian scholar. The paper draws on primary historical source material that has hitherto been largely underused. It sheds light on the scholar and his time, his evaluation of political events, his attitude to and relationship with people in power and his views on the legitimacy of rulers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-164
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Islamic Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Islamic governance
  • Muslim scholars
  • al-Awz
  • al-siysah al-sharyah
  • politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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