A Critique of the Theory of Abrogation
This book surveys the subject of abrogation (Naskh) in the Qurâ€™an, Hadith and Islamic literature, illustrating that the concept of abrogation was introduced after the Prophetic era in order to explain certain verses of the Qurâ€™an and what has come to be termed as â€œconflicting Prophetic narrationsâ€ (Mukhtalaf al-Hadith).
It goes on to suggest that the â€œabrogated rulingsâ€ were merely pre-Islamic cultural practices that contradicted with Islamic principles. Furthermore, the book argues that the Qurâ€™anic verses and Prophetic narrations, which were misperceived as â€œconflicting,â€ should be contextually situated and applied according to the wisdom behind them with the practical implication being the validation of all Qurâ€™anic verses and (authentic) Prophetic instructions regardless of their perceived contradictions. Allowing Islamic jurisprudence to retain its flexibility within changing circumstances.