Understanding Islamic Jurisprudence Course

Iftekhar Hussain, Instructor
Iftekhar Hussain, Instructor

Courses are not being conducted at this time.

This course will provide instruction on the history and methodology of Islamic Jurisprudence. Tools in the Islamic Jurisprudence toolbox will be discussed and their historical application will be analyzed with respect to juristic questions. Development of the methodologies will also be studied. Classical issues dealt by scholars will be reviewed. Contemporary issues facing the American Muslim community will be discussed as case studies where principles learned will be applied in class discussions.

Core Texts:

  1. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence by Mohammad Hashim Kamali
  2. A Textbook of Hadith Studies: Authenticity, Compilation, Classification and Criticism of Hadith by Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Supplemental Texts:

  1. Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence by Taha Jabir Al-Alwani
  2. Speaking in God’s Name: Islam Authority and Women by Khaled Abou El-Fadl
  3. Islamic Law: Theory and Interpretation by Michael Mumisa
  4. Hadith Literature, Its Origins, Development & Special Features by Muhammad Zubayr Siddiqi
  5. Shatibi’s Philosophy of Islamic Law by Muhammad Khalid Masud
  6. Imam Shatibi’s theory of Higher Objectives and Intents of Islamic Law by Ahmed Al-Raysuni
  7. Theories of Islamic Law: The Methodology of Ijtihad by Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee
  8. The Origins and Development of Islamic Law by Wael Hallaq
  9. A History of Islamic Legal Theories: An Introduction to Sunni Usul-Al-Fiqh by Wael Hallaq
  10. Authority, Continuity and Change in Islamic Law by Wael Hallaq
  11. The Formation of Islamic Law by Wael Hallaq
  12. Principles of Islamic Law: According to Shi’i Law by Hamid Algar
  13. The Spirit of Islamic Law by Bernard G Weiss

Once the core reading material has been covered, the class will move to advanced topics including the maqasid approach to jurisprudence. Required reading is expected to be completed prior to class attendance and participation in class discussion is mandatory.

This course is designed for working professionals seeking an introduction to jurisprudence, mosque administrators seeking a basic grounding in juristic principles to enable them to address questions of community importance, high school students (grades 10 and up) interested in a future in Islamic Studies and Islamic pastoral careers and Muslim activists working to represent an authentic understanding of Islam to the broader community. No pre-requisite is required.

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