Istislah (To Deem Proper)

Istislah (Arabic استصلاح "to deem proper") is a method employed by Muslim jurists to solve problems that find no clear answer in sacred religious texts. It is related to the term مصلحة Maslaha, or "public interest". Extratextual pragmatic considerations are commonly accepted in islamic jurisprudence concerning areas where the Qur'an and the practices of the earliest Muslim generations provide no specific guidance. However, appeals to istislah or maslaha are controversial when the goal is reforming what has been considered to be divinely revealed law.

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