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A Systems Approach
by Jasser Auda
Paperback  348 Pages
(ISBN: 978-1-56564-424-3)

Published by the International Institute of Islamic Thought IIIT (London, Washington)

In this path breaking study, Jasser Auda presents a systems approach to the philosophy and juridical theory of Islamic law based on its purposes, intents, and higher objectives (maqasid). For Islamic rulings to fulfil their original purposes of justice, freedom, rights, common good, and tolerance in today's context, Auda presents maqasid as the heart and the very philosophy of Islamic law.

About  Maqasid

 The Maqasid are undoubtedly rooted in the textual injunctions of the Qur’an and the Sunnah, but they look mainly at the general philosophy and objectives of these injunctions often beyond the specialities of the text. The focus is not so much on the words and sentences of the text as on the goal and purpose that is advocated and upheld. By comparison to the legal theory of the sources, the Usul al-Fiqh, the maqasid al-Shari’ah are not burdened with methodological technicality and literalist reading of the text. As such the maqasid integrates a degree of versatility and comprehension into the reading of the Shari’ah that is, in many ways, unique and rises above the vicissitudes of time and circumstance. At a time when some of the important doctrines of Usul al-Fiqh such as general consensus (ijma’), analogical reasoning (qiyas)and even ijtihâd seem to be burdened with difficult conditions, conditions that might stand in a measure of disharmony with the prevailing socio-political climate of the present-day Muslim countries, the maqasid have become the focus of attention as it tends to provide a ready and convenient access to the Shari’ah. It is naturally meaningful to understand the broad outlines of the objectives of the Shari’ah in the first place before one tries to move on to the specifics. An adequate knowledge of the maqasid thus equips the student of the Shari’ah with insight and provides him with a theoretical framework in which the attempt to acquire detailed knowledge of its various doctrines can become more interesting and meaningful.

Dr. Jasser Auda is the Founding Director of Al-Maqasid Research Centre in the Philosophy of Islamic Law (Markaz Dirasat Maqasid al-Shariah al-Islamiyyah ), Al-Furqan Foundation, London, U.K., since 2005; fellow of the International Institute of Advanced Systems Research, Canada; founding member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, based in Dublin; member of the Academic Council of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, UK; member of the Board of Trustees of the Global Civilizations Study Centre, UK; member of the Executive Board of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, UK; member of the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism, UK; and a visiting lecturer to a number of academic institutes in the UK, Canada, Egypt, and India.

Dr. Jasser Auda had volunteered as Imam in Egypt and Canada, and has developed a multi-disciplinary academic background through writing two PhD theses on the Philosophy of Islamic Law, and Systems Analysis and Design, at the University of Wales, UK, and the University of Waterloo, Canada, respectively.
Dr. Auda is a Visiting Lecturer to a number of academic institutes in Canada, UK, Egypt, and India.


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