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The Development of Islamic Fiqh

Day Time Duration Date Instructor
Tuesdays 5:00pm – 7:00pm 12 Weeks Sept. 20th – Dec 16th Ustadh Umar Shareef

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DESCRIPTION: This course provides a historical overview of Islamic law, in which we see how Islamic practice and regulations (fiqh) developed from the time of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ until the emergence of the madhhabs, and how the madhhabs continued to develop. An overview of the sources of fiqh and the methodologies of major madhhabs (i.e. an introduction to Usul al-Fiqh) is also provided.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Important questions to be covered include:

  • What is Sharia and where does it come from?
  • Why are there multiple schools (madhhabs) of fiqh in Islam?
  • How do they differ in their methodologies?
  • To what extent are they still relevant today?
  • How does a Muslim navigate the disagreements between the madhhabs?
  • Who is qualified to issue fatwas, how are they derived, and how much weight do they carry?
  • What changes occurred in the modern era that affected 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 (including BIS 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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