The Bigger Picture of Fiqh: Higher Objectives and Fiqh Maxims

Day Time Duration Date Instructor Credits
Monday 5:30pm – 7:30pm 12 Weeks Jun 05th – Aug 21st Dr. Suheil & Dr. Mariam 2

SUGGESTED PREREQUISITES: None, but recommended to have studied at least some fiqh.


This course gives you the opportunity to step back to see the bigger picture of Islamic rules and regulations, the universal principles or higher objectives (maqāṣid) underlying them, the Five Major Maxims (qawā ʿid fiqhiyya) that are guiding principles throughout fiqh (Islamic law). Topics covered include: Defining ‘good,’ necessity, and need, choosing between lesser and greater harms, and balancing individual rights with public interest. Students will have the opportunity to explore, through a final project,  the application of these higher objectives to a contemporary ethical challenge of their choice, such as ecology, human rights, modern weapons, and end-of-life care. After taking the course, students would have a better appreciation of the complex interplay of reason, revelation, ethics, and utility within the coherent system of fiqh.

COURSE FEE: The general admission is $250 per course. Then, $200 for each additional course. If you are a student, it is $150 per one for all students. Then, $100 for each additional course. 

FINANCIAL AID: Please note that financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded. You can learn more about our financial aid policy here.

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“My experience with BIS has been transformative. I have had direct access to scholars and their knowledge, alhamdulillah in a way I have never experienced before. We’ve deeply explored the Muslim experience academically, challenging many of my previously held beliefs and narratives. I am forever grateful to BIS, the scholars and the organizers for this experience”.

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