This book relates to the proceedings of the training course on the critical edition of manuscripts, titled “Editing Manuscripts in Jurisprudence, Legal theory, Fatwas, and Momentous Events (al-nawāzil)” organised by Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, in co-operation with the Dar al-Hadith al-Hassania Institute, from 6-11 April 2015 on the premises of the Dar al-Hadith al-Hassania Institute in Rabat.
The topics addressed by the studies are: the concept of critical editing in jurisprudence, legal theory, fatwā, and momentous events in both theory and practice; the requirement for the editor to absorb the culture within the area of practice; tools supporting the editor; knowledge of all the skills needed by the editor in critical editing on the theoretical level, such as the technical terminology, principles, history, approaches, problems, and main reference sources.
The papers presented at this training course examined methodologies and pre requisites of the editor for editing manuscripts on jurisprudence; the basis for assessing manuscript copies; the difficulties and problems in editing books of jurisprudence; the process of evaluating the outcomes of the manuscript analysis; the methodological steps for the critical edition of jurisprudence text; the rules for dealing with the commentary on the text; and the importance of consulting catalogues of edited books. The proceedings included a lecture on rare jurisprudence and legal theory manuscripts held in Khizānat Ibn Yūsuf in Marrakech, and also addressed fatwā development based on the Maghribī books on momentous events, and errors and their categories in editing legal theory manuscripts.
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