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Book: Divine Covenant

Chapter: Natural Law Theory: Qurʾānic Covenant Revisited

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.23808


Chapter 4 proceeds to analyse the concept with reference to current research, and to other theoretical paradigms than those treated in the previous chapter. Here I show how certain strands within research align with some early and medieval exegetes in conceptualising the Qurʾān in terms of natural law theory. For these exegetes, the practical implication of this kind of theory is a law based on rights. For the aim of this study, this means that in so far as scientific knowledge and observation produced discursively within the Islamic disciplines refer to Qurʾānic knowledge, it includes the practical matter of the law and to what extent it protects rights.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ulrika Mårtensson ( - umartensson) 'The Norwegian University of Science and Technology'