Vikor, who outlines the history of Western scholarship on "origins" and summarizes modern Muslim responses to figures such as Joseph Schacht
as well as the more recent conclusions of Harald Motzki, Wael Hallaq, and others.
The Institute also arranged a monthly visit to Columbia (New York), where Ansari would spend part of the day with Joseph Schacht
(1902-1969), then considered the most erudite Western scholar in the field of Islamic law.
Some of these tales and accounts have even been mentioned in the book by Joseph Schacht
See, eg, Joseph Schacht
, The Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence (1950); Joseph Schacht
, An Introduction to Islamic Law (1964); Joseph Schacht
, `Islamic Religious Law' in Joseph Schacht
and C E Bosworth (eds), The Legacy of Islam (1974) 392.
60-65) which Joseph Schacht
summed up in his famous chapter on "The Nature Of Islamic Law" in An Introduction To Islamic Law (Oxford, 1964).
Coulson's view was challenged by Joseph Schacht
who argued that to the contrary, Islamic law is characterized by individualism in its entire structure, citing in particular the law of inheritance and the law relating to waqf (religious endowments) as examples.
, a noted scholar of the subject, has acknowledged the point, conceding that Islamic law "is to some extent content with mere theoretical acknowledgment," and "was never supported by an organized power.
Since Joseph Schacht
, many Western scholars have displayed something bordering on an obsession with legal hadiths, so many of which are ambiguous, defective, or tangential to the vast majority of legal cases.
This is the famous gap between theory and practice that so many early scholars of Islamic law, such as Joseph Schacht
and Noel Coulson, emphasized in much of their work.
Motzki challenged the reigning conclusions of Joseph Schacht
and the late G.
questions whether Joseph Schacht
was right to speak of the eighth century as dominated by regional schools of law.
Becker, Arthur Jeffery, Joseph Schacht
, Lawrence I.