Abu Hanifa

Abu Hanifa äbo͞o´ hänē´fä [key], 699–767, Muslim jurist. He founded the Hanafite system of Islamic jurisprudence, which gives the judge considerable discretion when the Qur'an and the Sunna (traditions) are inapplicable (see Islam ).

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