FIQ461 Islamic Legal Maxims

Course Description:

This course focuses on the differentiation between the principles of Fiqh and its maxims, the evolution of the Fiqh maxims, its history, and the authority of these maxims, or whether or not they could be used as an evidence. The five major Fiqh maxims will be analyzed with their evidences and examples on how to deduce rules from them.

Course Code: FIQ461

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: FIQ451

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to define and verbally distinguish between Fiqh and Fiqh Maxims, and its related vocabulary.
  • Students will be able to produce short essays on the foundations of Fiqh Maxims as a science, its establishment, development, recording, and main books on the subject.
  • Students will be able to outline the sources, mission, and position of Fiqh Maxims in issuing Fatwa, and will enable the student to develop abilities in deducing Islamic law.
  • Students will be able to deliver oral presentations of the five major maxims and present examples on how to implement them in deriving new rules, and how it fulfills the goals and objectives of the Shariah.

Course Outline:

  • The establishment of Fiqh Maxims and their development; foundation, recording, and main books.
  • The sources, mission, and position of Fiqh Maxims in issuing Fatwa.
  • Fiqh Maxims and related vocabulary.
  • Normative Fiqh Maxims.
  • What flows beneath the normative Fiqh Maxims; what is included and what is excluded.

Main Textbook:

Legal Maxims of Islamic Jurisprudence, by Mishkah University

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 40% (10 assignments, 4% each)
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

As part of the course, you are required to submit a research paper. The topic chosen must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • At least ten (10) double-spaced pages (not including the introduction and conclusion).
  • 1 inch margins.
  • 12 pt size (Times New Roman).
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference.
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs.
  • When quoting Hadith, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly.

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Login Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

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  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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