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Unformatted text preview: ir views, which I have taken into account in writing the present work. I would also like to thank the secretarial staff of the faculty for their unfailing willingness to type for me whenever I have approached them. And last but not least, I wish to thank the library staff of the I.I.U. for their assistance, and for being courteous and helpful. V. Since the publication of the first edition of this book in April 1989, the comments, observations and responses that I have received from scholars, students, and readers have been very positive and encouraging. The changes that I have carried out for the present edition of the book relate to both its content and format, although the overall approach to these changes was to leave the bulk of the original work intact. The changes that I have made are on the whole confined to particular parts and they do not entail a recomposition of the original text. I have thus added fresh information and elaborated parts of the chapters on abrogation (naskh), analogical reasoning (qiyas), and presumption of continuity (istishab). The new information either consists of the elaboration of concepts or insertion of additional illustrations for purposes of clarity and relevance to contemporary concerns over the themes of Islamic jurisprudence. The addition to the chapter on naskh thus reflects the results of a discussion over a paper entitled 'The Nature, Sources and Objective of the Shariah' which I presented to a symposium organised by the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur in September 1989. The additions to some of the other chapters consist mainly of fresh research and expert opinion on the potential contribution of some of the neglected principles of usul al-fiqh such as istishab to modern jurisprudence. I have also refined minor portions of the text in the interest of clarity and precision. As for the changes of format these were carried out as a result of my consultation with the editorial staff of the Islamic Texts Society, particularly Mohsen al-Najjar and T. J. Winter. It was thus agreed at the outset to re-set the whole of the original text so as to implement the standard practice of the Islamic Texts Society concerning transliteration, footnotes and minor editorial changes in the text. It is thus hoped that these changes have assured the production of a smoother and more familiar text for its readers in Europe and America. Professor Ahmad Ibrahim, Professor Emeritus and Dean of the Faculty of Law, International Islamic University, Malaysia, has contributed a new Foreword for the second edition. He was kind enough to do so despite his numerous other commitments, and preoccupation with his own writings. I take this opportunity to thank him most warmly for his valuable contribution, and the fact that he wrote a Foreword to both the first and the present editions of my book. He has taken a keen interest in my Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence ~ Kamali 10 research and has been most helpful and understanding in relieving me from other commitments so as to be able to concentrate on writing and research. Students and colleagues at the...
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