Imam Malik vs. Pseudo-Malikism – Review of Dutton’s “Original Islam” by Shaykh Gibril Haddad

ORIGINAL ISLAM:
MALIK AND THE madhhab OF MADINA

By Yasin Dutton. London
and New York: Routledge, 2007.
Pp. xiii + 219. ISBN10: 0-415-33813-1.
ISBN13: 978-0-415-33813-4 (HB).

For three quarters of its pages the translation of a 9th-century
outdated anti-Shafi`i work advocating the superiority of the Maliki School – Intisar al-Faqir al-Salik li-Tarjih madhhab al-Imam al-Kabir Malik by Shams al-Din al-Ra`i al-Gharnati (782-853), an obscure Andalo-Egyptian grammarian whom Imam al-Sakhawi described as a good poet who possessed “a sharp tongue and sharp manners” – Original Islam‘s unoriginal material and real author are shanghaied by Arabic Studies Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town Yasin Dutton (a disciple of the Murabitun movement leader and Scottish writer `Abd al-Qadir al-Sufi) and recast, with a provocative title, notes and prefatory material, into an essentialist Murabitun manifesto of their interpretation of the Maliki madhhab as the only real, “original” Islam.

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