New provisions for Islamic law have been published in WebDewey--also changes to a few topics that came to our attention because of our work on Islamic law, especially religious activities and religious groups in 341 Law of nations and 342 Constitutional law. The changes for Islamic law involve primarily expansion at 340.59 Islamic law and clarification of previous DDC 23 structures elsewhere, plus optional provisions for specifying schools of Islamic law. These new provisions have been under discussion since last summer. For previous discussion, see these blog entries and the Dewey discussion page. For details, see Updates to DDC 23.
One example of a work previously classed in 340.59 Islamic law that could now be classed in a more specific number is Contemporary Ijtihad: Limits and Controversies; it could now be classed in 340.59138 Ijtihad (sound judgment), ijtihad al-ra'y (individual reasoning), taqlid (legal conformism; relying upon opinion of another). Another example of a work that could now be classed in a more specific number is Custom in Islamic Law and Legal Theory: The Development of the Concepts of 'Urf and 'Adah in the Islamic Legal Tradition; it could now be classed in 340.59135 'Urf, 'adat (Custom).
Many works about Islamic law will be classed in the same numbers as previously; new notes are intended to clarify where they should be classed. For example, at 340.59 Islamic law is a see reference: "For a specific branch or topic of Islamic law, see the branch or topic, e.g., private law 346.167, marriage law 346.167016." Islamic law examples are given in the add notes under 346.1 Private law of socioeconomic regions. An example of a work classed according to these add notes is Family Law in Islam: Divorce, Marriage and Women in the Muslim World. The work is classed in 346.167015 Islamic law of domestic relations (Islamic family law), built with 346.1 Private law of socioeconomic regions plus 6 from T2--176 Regions where specific religions predominate plus 7 from 297 Islam, Babism, Bahai Faith, following instructions at T2--1762-1769 Other religions, plus 015 from 346.015 Domestic relations (Family law), following instructions at 346.1:01-09 Topics of private law. Here is how the number building process looks when the WebDewey number building tool is used:
The old scope note and class-elsewhere note at T2--1 Areas, regions, places in general; oceans and seas continue to apply: "Not limited by continent, country, locality" and "Class specific continents, countries, localities in T2--3-T2--9." The parallel class-elsewhere note at 346.1 Private law of socioeconomic regions also continues to apply: "Class socioeconomic regions of a specific jurisdiction or area in 346.3-346.9." Hence Islamic private law in a specific jurisdiction or area continues to be classed with private law of the jurisdiction or area in 346.3-346.9 Private law of specific jurisdictions and areas. An example is Legal Framework for Islamic Banking, Pakistan's Experience, which has the LCSH:
That work is classed in 346.5491082 Banking law of Pakistan, built with 346 Private law plus T2--5491 Pakistan, following instructions at 346.3-346.9 Private law of specific jurisdictions and areas, plus 082 from 346.082 Banks (which has the class-here note "Class here banking"), following instructions at 346.3-346.9: 01-09 Topics of private law. Here is how the number building process looks when the WebDewey number building tool is used:
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