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i THE MUHAMMADAN LAW:

HEING

A DIGEST OP THE LAW APPLICABLE ESPECIALLY
TO THE SCNNlS OF INDIA.

BY

SHAMA CHURUN SIRCAR,

TAGOltK PROFESSOR OF LAW.

"ad hoc, de quo agitur, non quajrimus gentem, ingenia quaerimas."

ClOBBO De Rep.

CALCUTTA:

THACKEE, SPINK ^XTID CO.
Uombay: TU ACKER, VINING & Co. Madkas: HIGGINBOTHAM & Co.
Lohdon: W. THACKER & Co.

1873.

PREFACE.

The principles of Muhammadan law contained in these pages constitute the Lectures delivered by me as "The Tagore Professor of Law" appointed by the Senate of the Calcutta University. These principles are, for the most part, derived from several of the Arabic books of paramount authority.—The principles of the law of Inheritance have been drawn mainly from the Sirajiyyah and Sharifiyyah, the highest authorities on the subject,* and where they appeared deficient in any respect, recourse was had to the Fatawa-i Alamgiri, Fatawa-i Sirajiyyah, Durr-ul-Mukhtar and other works of unquestionable authority to supplement the deficiency.f Tbe principles respecting the other subjects treated of in this work have been deduced principally from the Hidayah and the Fatawa-i Alamgiri, and occasionally from Sharh-ulVikayah, Jami-ur-Ramuz and other works of great weight. Other passages from the abovementioned authorities have been appended to almost all those principles to explain and illustrate their meanings. To these again have been added annotations, which being passages from books of high authority serve as authorities or additional authorities (as the case may be) for the principles to which they refer. Then under all these are given foot notes, which cannot fail of being interesting or useful.

* See the Introductory Discourse, pages 48 & 49.
f Vide, for instance, pages 128—132.

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