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Who is Al-Mawardi?

Al-Mawardi: Abu al-Hasan Ali Ibn Muhammad Ibn Habib al-Mawardi, known in Latin as Alboacen, was a Kurdish Islamic jurist of the Shafi'i school most remembered for his works on religion, government, the caliphate, and public and constitutional law during a time of political turmoil. Appointed as the chief judge over several Khorasani districts near Nishapur, and Baghdad itself, al-Mawardi also served as a diplomat for the Abbasid caliphs al-Qa'im and al-Qadir in negotiations with the Buyid emirs. A symbol of his contributions here, he is well remembered for his treatise on "The Ordinances of Government." The Ordiances, Al-Ahkam al-Sultaniyya w'al-Wilayat al-Diniyya, provide a detailed a definition of the functions of caliphate government which, under the Buyids appeared to be rather indefinite and ambiguous.

  • also known as Al-Māwardī
  • born in (1044 years ago) in Basra
  • profession: Scientist, philosopher
  • died in (958 years ago) in Baghdad

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Google previewAd-Damîrí's Ḥayāt Al-ḥayawān, a Zoological Lexicon (1908)

by Muḥammad ibn Mūsá Damīrī

Al-Mawardi states that there are two opinions regarding its uncleanness, one of them being that it causes a person or thing to be unclean in the same manner that other unclean things do, ami the other one being that it is excusable like the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Islam (2016)

by Ludwig W. Adamec

Al-Mawardi defined the functions of the caliph as follows: safeguarding Islam from innovation, providing justice, protecting the borders of Islam, executing the penalties of the Shari'ah, garrisoning the borders, compelling unbelievers to convert ...

Google previewIbn Khallikan's Biographical Dictionary (1843)

by Ibn Khallikān

V " Abu '1-Izz Ahmad Ibn Obaid Allah Ibn Kadish relates as follows : ' Abu '1- " ' Husain al-Mawardi ...

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