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Kitaab al-Umm ( كتاب الأم) is a book of law that is used as an authoritative guide by the Shafi'iyyah. The work was composed by the founder of the Shafi'i school, Imaam ash-Shafi‘i (767-820 CE). The term "al-Umm" means "the exemplar." Kitab al-Umm is noted for its hermeneutic approach to developing l