This research aims to review the phenomenon of restricting interpretations among Hanafi fundamentalists, through an investigation of the historical stages and its most prominent symbols, in light of the clarification of the criteria that limit the sections of meanings, and the foundations on which the restriction was based.

To achieve this goal, the study followed the inductive approach that confines the history of Hanafi fundamentalist research on the subject of verbal meanings, while relying on the deductive analytical approach. It is based on tracing the fundamentalist tendencies that appeared among the late Hanafi scholars to clarify the nature of these tendencies in determining the foundations and criteria for the exclusive division according to two Sheikhs namely Shams Al-Imam Al-Sarkhasi and Fakhr Al-Islam Al-Bazdawi, and the fundamentalist consequences resulting from the narrowing of meanings.

It has been shown through the study that Judge Abu Zaid Al-Dabusi is considered the first to present a vision about limiting the divisions of meanings according to the Hanafi school of thought, and he was followed by Shams Al-Imam Al-Sarkhasi and Fakhr Al-Islam al-Bazdawi. The later discussions were extensive about the basis on which the division is based and the criteria that support it. The researcher concluded that the basis is what the division of meanings is based on is how the word denotes it, and the division is based on two main criteria: the criterion of subjectivity, and the criterion of intentionality.

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