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