Qiyas vs. Ijtihad

Qiyas vs. Ijtihad — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Qiyas and Ijtihad

Qiyasnoun

(Islam) The use of analogy as precedent in Shari'a jurisprudence.

Ijtihadnoun

(Islam) The process of Muslim jurists making a legal decision by independent interpretation of the Qur'an and the Sunna.

Ijtihadnoun

the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without relying on the views of other scholars; by the end of the 10th century theologians decided that debate on such matters would be closed and Muslim theology and law were frozen;

some reform-minded Islamic scholars believe that reopening itjihad is a prerequisite for the survival of Islam
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