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ijtihad

(ˌɪdʒtəˈhɑːd)
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an attempt to derive a legal ruling from the Koran
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Noun1.ijtihad - the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without relying on the views of other scholars; by the end of the 10th century theologians decided that debate on such matters would be closed and Muslim theology and law were frozen; "some reform-minded Islamic scholars believe that reopening ijtihad is a prerequisite for the survival of Islam"
interpretation - an explanation that results from interpreting something; "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"
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In the earlier years of the Arab conquests, when the sharia was being developed, the process of interpretation and exercise of independent judgement known as itjihad allowed some doctrinal flexibility.
What is your understanding of itjihad and its possibilities?
He furthermore encouraged the IAINs to teach religious science within an interdisciplinary format and to use a model of contextual hermeneutic to undertake itjihad.
Manji writes as someone who has fled the harem, and while her expertise rests on her authoritative knowledge of its interior, she performs what is not really self-critique, or itjihad, as she claims, but a "good" Muslim citizenship that resonates with both neoconservative and liberal feminist critiques of Islam and the Middle East.