This course will introduce students to Islamic legal theory as a science, its main approaches, an overview of the legal rulings, and textual implications. By using the text al-Waraqāt as a guide for study, the four main topics of Islamic legal theory will be examined over this course and Islamic Legal Theory II: the sources of legislation (evidences), how to derive rulings from these evidences (textual implications), the rulings derived, and the qualifications of the one who can derive these rulings.
Prequisite: Fiqh of Worship II. (3 credit hours)
About the Instructor(s)
Dr. Muhammad Alrahawan is Mishkah University’s Dean of Academic Affairs for the English department, and teaches courses in Fiqh, Hadith and Quran Sciences. He was instrumental in founding the university’s undergraduate Islamic Studies program in English. In addition he has an intensive history of scholarship at one of the oldest institutions in the world, Al-Azhar University. At the age of 21, he obtained his B.A. in Islamic studies from Al-Azhar University, earning the highest score at the Faculty of Languages and Translation. He gained his M.A. in 2002 and his PhD in 2007 at Al-Azhar, both in the field of Hadith Sciences. In addition to teaching at Mishkah, he continues to train local and international students at Al-Azhar University. Dr. Rahawan specializes in Hadith Sciences, Jurisprudence and Criticism, Quran Science and Shafi’i jurisprudence.