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a fortiori

Subject: Philosophy

(Latin, from the stronger)

Phrase used for ‘all the more’ or ‘even more so’: if all donkeys bray, then a fortiori all young donkeys bray.


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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

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...and universal customs. Third, he asserts that if a “universal custom can particularize a text, then it can, a fortiori, override a qiyāṣ ” (Hallaq, p. 47). Ibn ʿĀbidīn's main contribution to the debate is the principle that justifies the dominance of local custom over the authoritative doctrine of the legal school ( madhhab ). He argues that a dominant opinion in the madhhab should be abandoned in favor of a local custom, if it is deemed necessary. Thus, he establishes a third basis upon which to grant custom a legitimate role in legislation, which is...