The Evolution of Fiqh
By Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
In the Evolution of Fiqh (Islamic Law & the Madh-habs), the author very dearly presents a brief overview of the historical development of Islamic law and its schools (the madh-hahs). The book identifies the main reason for the appearance of the madh-habs and the factors leading to differences among them. For those to whom the madh-habs have been a mystery, this aspect of the book will be extremely enlightening. Although the author sheds light on both the positive and negative roles of the madh-habs in the past, the main message of the book is a call to the understanding of logistic differences (with an aim to remove them where possible), and a proposal for the unification of the madh-habs.