The Chapters of The Mudawwana Al-Kubra

The Books of Al-Mudawwana Al-Kubra


These are the books contained in the Mudawwana al-Kubra compiled by Sahnun who traveled to Cairo to ask Imam Malik’s main pupil Abdarrahman ibn al-Qasim what Imam Malik’s views were on these topics. Note that it was not a matter of urgency to either man to enquire into what Imam Malik’s views were on women’s clothing or men’s.


1. Wudu [and ghusl and tayammum]


2. Salat (two books)


3. Fasting


4. ‘Itikaf without fasting


5. Zakat


6. Hajj (three books)


7. Jihad


8. Hunting


9. Slaughtering Animals


10. Sacrifices


11. ‘Aqeeqah


12. Vows


13. The Sunnah Divorce


14. Swearing to Divorce


15. Marriage (three books)


16. Lowering the Veils (consummating the marriage)


17. [A woman] being given the choice [of whether to consider herself divorced] and being given the right over herself


18. Breast-feeding and Suckling


19. Dhihar Divorce [by a man declaring to the woman that she is as his mother’s back or other word forms similar to that]


20. [Divorce by] Cursing


21. Abstaining from Sexual Intercourse [with a slave-girl until it is clear whether she is pregnant by a previous owner]


22. Setting Slaves Free


23. Slaves who write a contract to buy their freedom


24. Slaves who are set free on the death of their master


25. Slave Women who are mothers of their owners’ children


26. The Clientage and Inheritance [of slaves who have been set free]


27. Inheritances


28. Money Changing


29. Advance Payments (three books)


30. Sales with Different Time Periods


31. Corrupt Sales


32. Profit Sharing


33. Deceptive Transactions


34. Agencies


35. Fruit-bearing Trees (including olives, etc.) assigned by their owner to another person


36. Trading in the Land of the Enemy


37. Concealing Defects in Goods


38. Settlement [of disputed transactions]


39. Making Manufacturers Accountable


40. Wages and Hire


41. Renting Riding Camels and Other Mounts


42. Renting Houses and Lands


43. Renting Lands


44. Crop-sharing


45. Pestilences or Calamities


46. Partnership


47. Qirad


48. Judgements


49. The Office of the Qadi


50. Testimonies


51. Claims


52. The Indebted Person


53. Bankruptcy


54. One Authorised to Trade


55. Standing Surety and Taking Responsibility that another’s obligations will be discharged


56. Transfer of Debts


57. Pledging (Pawning)


58. Property Taken Wrongfully [by force but not by stealth]


59. Laying Claim to Rights


60. Pre-emption (two books)


61. Division [of inheritance] (two books)


62. Bequests (two books)


63. Gifts


64. The Gift


65. Dedicating a Property Inalienably (habs or waqf) and Sadaqah


66. Sadaqah


67. Trusts and Deposits


68. Lending


69. Lost Property and Stray Animals


70. Runaway Slave


71. Wells’ Precincts


72. Hudud Punishment for Adultery and Defamation [of a woman’s honour]


73. Stoning


74. [Intoxicating] Drinks


75. Theft


76. Those Who Wage War [on the Muslims]


77. Wounds i.e. corporal crimes


78. Capital Crimes


79. [Compensatory] Fines for Bloodshed

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