The science of legal theory (usul al-fiqh) studies how to infer the rulings of Sacred Law directly from the Qur’an and sunna. This course will clear your confusions over (1) the role of scholarly consensus (ijma’) in preserving Islam; (2) how the Sunna of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was preserved; (3) and the role of human reason in interpreting the Qur’an and Sunna. Since the Qur’an and Sunna are both in Arabic, some knowledge of Arabic, however, is a highly recommended prerequisite to this course. But the instructor makes every effort to explain things in a way that can be understood by English speakers without any knowledge of Arabic
This is a first-level course in Step Two
Complete Step One before taking this course
|Week 1||Lesson 27 – What can be inferred from the fact that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) did not do|
|Lesson 28 – Abrogation is Possible and it Actually Happened|
Lesson 29 – Abrogation of Qur’anic Commands and Prohibitions
|Lesson 30 – Kinds of New Rulings After Abrogation|
Lesson 31 – Abrogation by the Qur’an and Abrogation by the Sunna
|Lesson 32 – Evidentiary Conflict and Reconciliation|
|Lesson 33 – Scholarly Consensus of the Muslim Umma is Never Wrong|
Lesson 34 – Scholarly Consensus is the Impenetrable Fortress of Islam
|Lesson 35 – Explicit and Implicit Scholarly Consensus|
Lesson 36 – Ijtihad of a Companion
|Lesson 37 – Isnad is the Distinction of the Muslim Umma|
Lesson 38 – Kinds of Transmitted Reports
|Lesson 39 – Mursal Hadiths|
Lesson 40 – How Hadiths Were Transmitted
|Lesson 41 – Human Reason and the Sacred Law|
Lesson 42 – Kinds of Legal Analogy
|Lesson 43 – The Initially Presumed Ruling of Sacred Law|
Lesson 44 – The Presumption of Continuity
|Lesson 45 – The Precedence-Order of Legal Evidence|
| Lesson 46 – The Conditions of Ijtihad|
Lesson 47 – Following Qualified Scholarship
Lesson 48 – Is Every Mujtahid Correct?
What You Will Learn:
legal theory is and why it needs to be studied
Learn how to interpret the Qur’an and Sunna
Memorize the definitions of key terms in the science of Islamic legal theory
Appreciate the depth of scholarship of all four Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence
Apply the techniques of Islamic legal theory to gain clarity on contemporary religious debates about religious reform, the preservation of the Sunna, and the role of human reason in interpreting the Quran and Sunna
- Previous study of several courses in Sacred Law (fiqh) is recommended.
- Familiarity with the Arabic language is highly recommended
Course Format: 12 downloadable lessons, 3 live sessions.
About the Course Text
This course is a contemporary explanation of al-Waraqat, a primer on Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh) by Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni (d. 478 A.H. / 1085 C.E.). Imam al-Juwayni was an imam (i.e., someone who is taken as an exemplar) of the Islamic sciences in the fullest sense of the word: he authored multi-volume seminal works in Shafi‘i jurisprudence, Islamic theology, and Islamic legal theory, that became the basis for all future work in each science. His al-Waraqat is a short work that brings his vast scholarship in the science of Islamic legal theory down to the level of an absolute beginner. Ever since it was written almost a thousand years ago, students of the Shafi‘i, Maliki, and Hanbali schools have successfully used it to begin their study of Islamic legal theory. A translation of the course text is provided as part of the course materials.
Registration Opens: September 30, 2019
Registration Closes: November 25, 2019
Note: Course material will be available on the first day of classes, October 21, 2019.
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