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Contemporary Islamic Law

Contemporary Islamic Law by Prof. Jasser Auda

ISL405F Contemporary Islamic Law (elective)
MODULE TITLE: Contemporary Islamic Law
MODULE CODE: ISL405F NQF LEVEL: Level 8
CREDITS: 24 hours + 6 student seminar hours
MODULE MANAGER and CONVENER: Prof. Jasser Auda
EMAIL: jauda@ipsa-edu.org
TAUGHT: Semester 1 YEAR 2019

MODULE SUMMARY
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive and objective-oriented (maqasidi) methodology (manhajiyyah) to contemporary Islamic law (fiqh). First, fiqh is defined as Islam’s ethical system in all aspects of life; going beyond the traditional chapters on the “acts of worship” (ibadaat) to include contemporary fiqh on issues related to medicine, economics, arts, politics, family, environment, international relations, etc. Then, Islam’s revealed knowledge, i.e. the Quran and Sunnah, takes a central position in the fiqhi methodology taught in this module, and the relationship between the Quran and the narrations of the Sunnah is explained in the context of the fundamental theories (usul) of reasoning (ijtihad). And after surveying the history of the traditional schools of fiqh since the era of the companions of the Prophet (s), the module covers and compares various contemporary schools and trends. A number of case studies are presented related to human rights (huquq al-insan), Islamic law for minorities (fiqh al-aqalliyat), family law (fiqh al-usrah), charity endowments (fiqh al-waqf), priorities in the Islamic law (fiqh al-awlawiyyat) and universal laws of God (fiqh al-sunan al-ilahiyyah).

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