BBC In Our Time - Islamic Law and its Origins Listening Guide


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[00:11] Introduction - What are the basic facts of Islam and Islamic law discussed here?

[01:14] Origins of Islam and Muhammad - Where, when, and how does Islam emerge? Vocabulary: secular, theocratic, revelation, shrine, arbitrator, and pagan.

[04:50] Legal Systems - What existed before the Islamic legal system? Vocabulary: barbaric, progressive, retaliation, and dowry.

[07:31] Muhammad's Message - How does Muhammad win people over? Vocabulary: convert, arbiter, and statesman.

[10:41] Islamic Law, the Qur'an, and the Hadith - How are the laws thought about in the formative years of Islam? How is the Qur'an collected and what is its relationship with Islamic law? What are the Hadith? Vocabulary: compilation, theology, anecdote, and apostasy.

[16:05] Islam and the Qur'an after Muhammad - What happens within Islam after Muhammad? How does Islamic law interact with other legal systems? Vocabulary: inspiration, exclusive, trump, pertain, normative, and conviction.

[22:17] Three Sources of Law - What are the sources of Islamic Law in the first two centuries? What is reasoning by analogy? What is the sunnah of Muhammad? Vocabulary: novel, intoxicant, and rationale.

[25:44] Enforcing Law - To what degree was Islamic law enforced? What is it concerned with primarily? What is a qazi (sometimes spelled qadi)? Vocabulary: appoint, jurisprudence, and academics.

[26:57] Shafi'i - Who was Shafi'i and what his influence on Islamic law? Vocabulary: piety, articulate, pillar, genuine, fabricate, corpus, excavation, infer, deduce, and orthodoxy.

[31:47] Specifics of Islamic Law - What examples are given by the panel? Vocabulary: caveat, oral, analogous, obligation, stigma, monogamy, polygamy, rupture, lurid, marginal, flogging, amputation, remonstrate, and theoretical.


Vocabulary

secular, theocratic, revelation, shrine, arbitrator, pagan, barbaric, progressive, retaliation, dowry, convert, arbiter, statesman, compilation, theology, anecdote, apostasy, inspiration, exclusive, trump, pertain, normative, conviction, novel, intoxicant, rationale, appoint, jurisprudence, academics, piety, articulate, pillar, genuine, fabricate, corpus, excavation, infer, deduce, orthodoxy, caveat, oral, analogous, obligation, stigma, monogamy, polygamy, rupture, lurid, marginal, flogging, amputation, remonstrate, theoretical