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Question: I would like to know where I can get more information on the specific schools of islam thought in particular the schools of Malaki & Hanafi? Thanks.

The best work on the lives of the four imams (Abu Hanifah, Malik, Shafi' and Ahmad b. Hanbal, may Allah be pleased with them all) and the emergence of schools of jurisprudence is that of the late Muhammad Abu Zahrah entitled The Four Imams: Their Lives, Works and their Schools of Thought.

You may also consult relevant chapters in Hamidullah's works such as Introduction to Islam, Emegence of Islam.

On Imam Abu Hanifa you can consult Imam Abu Hanifa: Life and Works by Alllama Shibili Nu'mani. On Imam Malik, you may consult the academic work, The Origing of Islamic Law: The Qur'an, the Muwatta and the Madinan 'Amal by Yasin Dutton.

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