Madhhabs: Development and Differences with Dr. Suheil Laher

October 21-22 and November 4-5 from 10am-5:30pm

ISBCC (Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center)


This course comprises two main parts: Firstly, a historical overview, in which we see how Islamic practice and regulations (fiqh) developed from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s) until the emergence of the madhhabs, as well the methodologies and development of the madhhabs. The second part of the course looks more closely at the sources of fiqh and the methodology used for deriving rulings (i.e. an introduction to usul al-fiqh). Important questions to be covered include:
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? Who is qualified to issue fatwas, how are they derived, and how much weight do they carry?

This course is part of the Islamic Intellectual History Certificate Program at the Boston Islamic Seminary, previous courses in this program include Sciences of the Qur’an (Fall 2016) and Sciences of Hadith (Spring 2017)


Dr. Suheil Laher serves as Academic Dean at Fawakih, an Arabic language institute. He has been a tafsir and tajwid instructor at Fawakih since 2010 and has made significant contributions to the content and development of these courses. After studying electrical engineering at MIT, he earned an M.A. in Religious Studies from Boston University and recently completed his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at Harvard University. He has previously taught Arabic at Harvard, Brandeis, and Boston Universities. He has benefited from a number of teachers of traditional Islamic disciplines, in the US and abroad, and has ijazahs in Islamic theology (‘aqidah), Islamic law (fiqh), hadith and other subjects. He has taught ‘aqidah courses at the Ella Collins Institute and the Bukhari Institute. He also has extensive experience working with youth while serving as Muslim Chaplain at MIT (part-time, 1998-2014).


The Boston Islamic Seminary offers competitive tuition rates when considered against other non-degree academic programs offered by a variety of institutions throughout Greater Boston. Standard tuition is $850 per course, however, in our startup phase, we are offering all courses at a substantial discount.

Weekend Intensives – 24 Credit Hours – Price Listing

General Rate Student Rate
Startup Discount Price $450 $250
Early Bird Discount (Before 9/24/2017) $270 $150


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