in category Fiqh (Jurisprudence)

What percentages do various subjects have in books of fiqh?

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The scholar Wael Hallaq in his Introduction to Fiqh answers thus question with the following estimates:

A. The First Quarter
1. Book of Purity and Washing (7%)
2. Book of Prayer (14%)
3. Book of Alms-Tax (4%)
4. Book of Fasting (3%)
5. Book of Pilgrimage (6%)
6. Book of Food and Drink (less than 1%) [some jurists discuss this and the following Book toward the end of the Third Quarter]
7. Book of Hunting and Butchering Animals (less than 1%)

B. The Second Quarter
[Some jurists treat these topics in the Third Quarter, with the exception of inheritance and bequests which are generally delayed to the very end of their works.]
8. Book of Sales (4%)
9. Book of Pledge (1%)
10. Book of Insolvency and Interdiction (1%)
11. Book of Amicable Settlement (less than 1%)
12. Book of Transfer (less than 1%)
13. Book of Guaranty (less than 1%)
14. Book of Partnership (less than 1%)
15. Book of Agency (1%)
16. Book of Acknowledgments (1.2%)
17. Book of Deposit (less than 1%)
18. Book of Loans (less than 1%)
19. Book of Unlawful Appropriation (1.5%)
20. Book of Preemption (1%)
21. Book of Sleeping Partnership (less than 1%)
22. Book of Agricultural Lease (less than 1%)
23. Book of Rent and Hire (2%)
24. Book of Cultivating Waste Land (less than 1%)
25. Book of Charitable Trusts (WAQF, 1.5%)
26. Book of Gifts (1%)
27. Book of Found Property (less than 1%)
28. Book of Foundling (less than 1%)
29. Book of Rewards for Returning Escaped Slaves (less than 1%)
30. Book of Quranic Shares (inheritance, 3.5%)
31. Book of Bequests (2.5%)

C. The Third Quarter
[Some jurists treat these topics in the Second Quarter.]
32. Book of Marriage (3.5%)
33. Book of Dower (1%)
34. Book of Contractual Dissolution of Marriage (khulʿ; less than 1%)
35. Book of Unilateral Dissolution of Marriage by Husband (2%)
36. Book of Re-marriage by the Same Couple (less than 1%)
37. Book of Husband’s Oath not to have Sexual Intercourse with his Wife for Four Months (ilaʾ; less than 1%)
38. Book of Husband’s Oath not to have Sexual Intercourse with his Wife (zihar; less than 1%)
39. Book of Husband’s Accusing his Wife of Being Unfaithful (less than 1%)
40. Book of Oaths (2%)
41. Book of Waiting Periods (1%)
42. Book of Foster Relationships (less than 1%)
43. Book of Family Support (1.2%)
44. Book of Child Custody (less than 1%)

D. The Fourth Quarter
45. Book of Torts (2%)
46. Book of Blood-Money (less than 2%)
47. Book of Quranically Regulated Infractions (5%)
a. Sub-chapter on Apostasy
b. Sub-chapter on Rebels
c. Sub-chapter on Illicit Sexual Acts
d. Sub-chapter on Accusing Someone of an Illicit Sexual Act
e. Sub-chapter on Theft
f. Sub-chapter on Highway Robbers
g. Sub-chapter on Drinking Intoxicants
48. Book of Discretionary Punishments (TAʿZIR; less than 1%)
49. Book of War and Peace (JIHAD, 1.5%) [some jurists place this Book at the end of the First Quarter]
50. Book of Division of Booty (1%)
51. Book of Judges and Judgeship (3%)
52. Book of Suits and Evidence (1%)
53. Book of Testimonies (2%)
54. Book of Manumission (less than 1%)
55. Book of Manumission after Master’s Death (less than 1%)
56. Book of Manumission for Payment (less than 1%)
57. Book of Female Slaves who had Children with their Master (less than 1%)

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