Legal Theory (Usul)

Legal Theory (Usul)

This course examines the ways by which scholars extract Islamic rulings.

Number of lessons
Number of lessons
phase 2
Lesson time
Lesson time
00:00 Hours

Examples of course topics

  • Introduction to Science of Usul
  • The Common Elements
  • Earliest Works on Usul
  • Definition of Islamic Law (Fiqh)
  • Defining the Science of Usul
  • Usul the Logic of Fiqh
  • The Permissibility of Ijtihaad
  • General Obligation and Situational Rulings
  • Authority of Certainty (Qat’)
  • Types of Certainty (Qat’)
  • Course description

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This course walks students through the process of extracting Islamic rulings, the principles of jurisprudence and legal theory. What are the principles scholars rely on in arriving at Islamic rulings? How do we deal with contradictory hadiths? How do we deal with modern issues, such as cloning, when we have no specific hadith addressing them? What is the Law of Exemption? What is the Law or Continuity? These are some examples of what will be discussed in this class. The primary text for this course will be Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Halaqa al-Oula) by Sayed Mohammad Baqer al-Sadr. A total of 46 lessons were presented in the year 2017-2018. This course is instructed by Sayed Mohammad Baqer al-Qazwini.

Sayed Mohammad Baqer studied ten years at the Seminary of Qom, and he completed a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. He is currently based at the Islamic Institute of America, based in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

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