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an attempt to derive a legal ruling from the Koran
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|Noun||1.||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"