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There are four main schools of law that we discussed over the course of the semester. The first one is called Hanafi. This school is the oldest one and most was most influenced by a man named Abu Hanifah, who believed in personal liberty and the right to equality. Unlike most other legal schools Hanafi’s believe in gender equality and support a woman’s right to make her own decisions. For instance, they believe a woman has a right to make her own financial decisions. As one of the most widely supported groups, Hanafi’s have greatly influenced the establishment of other legal schools. The Maliki School named after Malik Ibn Anas, took a more conservative view in regards to the rights of women, and was highly influenced by the Hadith. Similar to the Hanafi School, the Maliki School relies a lot of personal reasoning and rationality. What really distinguishes the Maliki School is the appraisal of religious practices by people of medina, largely due to the fact that Imam Malik lived there. Al Shafi’i established the Shafi’i School of law, which focused on solving issues with the Quran and Sunnah before resorting to Ijma or Qiyas. Similar to the Shafi’i School, the Hanbali School, founded by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, gives greatest importance to the Quran and prophetic traditions. Oppositely, this school does not approve of Ijma or Qiyas at all, enforcing strict adherence to scriptures and information that is uncreated. Finally, the Zahiri School takes principles from the Shafi’I and Hanbali schools and affirms that rulings should be based on the Quran and not speculation. For this reason they do not accept analogical or human reasoning. Not all people agree on a single means for how to establish rules in society, so the creation of multiple schools only makes sense. All of these schools emerged with similarities and differences in regard to rulings of particular cases. For example, when it comes to the exposure of skin, specifically near the genital area,

Part 2: Argumentation (Question 2)

While many Muslims have been met with repression and mistreatment in the past, today, there is rapidly growing acceptance of them in American society. In the 1920’s America experienced a large wave of Muslim immigrants. They came from a few different countries and established communities throughout states in the south and mid-west. After World War II, many African Americans migrated to northern cities and sought a new form of spiritual guidance. The emergence of the Nation Of Islam in the 1930’s, gave them just that. Over the years the organization drew a great deal of support, especially after Malcolm X returned from Hajj. After the immigration law of 1965 was passed, America started to see Muslims from diverse backgrounds entering the country. Today, this diversity among Muslims is ever-present, approximately one third of the community is African-American, one third is of South Asian descent, one quarter is of Arab descent, and the rest are from Latino or European...

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