Uṣūl al-Fiqh (Legal Theory) & Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿa (Objectives of Islamic Law)

Course Code Year Term Course Group Credits
IRL-543 1 Spring Sacred Texts and Islamic Sciences 4


This course will introduce students to uṣūl al-fiqh (legal theory) and maqāṣid al-Sharīʿa (objectives of Islamic law). Students will study jurisprudential principles such as qiyās (analogical reasoning), ijmāʿ (consensus) and ʿurf (custom). They will also study the maqāṣid classification of human interests into essentials, necessities and enhancements. At the end of the course, students will understand the wisdom behind the Sharīʿa and possess the tools to engage in contemporary discourses surrounding, e.g., human rights, minority rights and civic participation from an Islamic perspective.

“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”.

Nuha Muntasser, Student