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MIDEO 36 – Iǧtihād and taqlīd in Sunnī and Šīʿī Islam

The theme of iǧtihād and taqlīd, by pointing to the notional antagonism between independent reasoning on the one hand and submission to the argument of authority on the other, plunges us into the heart of the debates among Muslims, Sunnis as well as Šīʿis, on the most essential issues of their faith: What is authority in Islam? What are its sources of reference? What is the place of rational reasoning as authority? What role do the revelation of God and the Sunna of the Prophet —or Imāms, for Šīʿis— play in relation to reason?

Since the relationship between taqlīd and iǧtihād is complex, the thematic dossier of this issue of MIDEO proposes to deepen both logics in the light of the Islamic heritage. The history of Islamic thought shows that distinctions have indeed been made between the fundamental principles (uṣūl) and the branches of Fiqh (furūʿ), that relationships have been elaborated with other connected notions (iḫtilāf, ittibāʿ, iǧmāʿ, tarǧīḥ), that taqlīd has been evaluated in different ways (ḥarām, maḏmūm, mubāḥ), and that distinctions have been made between degrees of iǧtihād. Beyond the rivalry between the two logics, it was necessary to verify whether or not these notions are within a continuum, and that they are not incompatible, although these two hegemonic perspectives oppose one another.

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Le thème de l’iǧtihād et du taqlīd, en nous renvoyant à l’antagonisme notionnel entre le raisonnement indépendant d’une part et la soumission à l’argument d’autorité d’autre part, nous plonge au cœur des débats parmi les musulmans, sunnites ainsi que šīʿites, sur les questions les plus essentielles de leur foi : Qu’est-ce que l’autorité en islam ? Quelles sont ses sources de référence ? Quelle est la place du raisonnement rationnel comme autorité ? Quel rôle jouent la révélation de Dieu et la Sunna du Prophète –  respectivement, des Imāms  – face à la raison ?

La relation entre le taqlīd et l’iǧtihād étant complexe, le dossier de ce MIDÉO se propose d’approfondir les deux logiques à la lumière du patrimoine islamique. L’histoire de la pensée islamique montre que l’on a établi en effet des distinctions entre les principes fondamentaux (uṣūl) et les branches du fiqh (furūʿ), que l’on a élaboré des relations avec des notions connexes (iḫtilāf, ittibāʿ, iǧmāʿ, tarǧīḥ), que l’on a évalué de manière différente le taqlīd (ḥarām, maḏmūm, mubāḥ), ou encore établi des distinctions de degrés d’iǧtihād. Au-delà de la rivalité entre les deux logiques, il convenait de vérifier si l’on restait bien dans un continuum, et que, si les perspectives hégémoniques sont rivales, elles n’en étaient pas pour autant incompatibles.

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