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Al-Daleel al-Irshadi ila al-Maqasid al-Shari’ah (Bibliography for Maqāsid al Shari’ah)

The civilization of Islam is distinguished by several features. One of them is the fact that it covers many fields, including a flexible and sophisticated shari’ah which is based on justice and the public interest. It establishes the ideals of freedom, equality and mutual consultation. It extends widely to encompass sciences such as medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, chemistry, astronomy, mathematics and architecture. Compared to the Roman civilization, for example, known for its historic law and architecture whose presence is fading, or the Greek civilization, known for philosophy and medicine, and many other similar cultures and civilizations, the Islamic civilization reflects an approach of human life that seeks to ensure healthy progress in all its aspects.

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The study of the philosophy of Islamic law, especially its maqasid (objectives, purposes, goals, intents and underlying principles) is a pre-requisite to understanding the Qur’an and the prophetic tradition, and to developing the Islamic law in a way that achieves common good for Muslims and protects them from harm.

The development of new Islamic juridical reasoning (ijtihad), which should always be practised by scholars, depends primarily on a comprehensive understanding of the maqasid of the Islamic law and its prioritisation in practise. The correctness of rulings that are reached through ijtihad depend on the correctness of this understanding. Hence, ijtihad is in real need of maqasid, in order to achieve the objectives for which Prophet Mohammed (peace and praise be upon him) was sent.

For that purpose, Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation established the Centre for the Study of the Philosophy of Islamic Law.

After the inception of the Maqasid Centre, the next challenge was that there was no comprehensive bibliography available in the field of maqāsid al-sharī’ah (the objectives of Islamic law). Therefore, the Centre for the Study of the Philosophy of Islamic Law set up a project in the year 2006 with the aim to prepare a comprehensive guide to the subject throughout history and across geographical boundaries, covering different regions and languages, attempting to account for what was written on the subject.

This project was completed in October 2012, with the publication of the 9th volume of the Bibliography for Maqāsid al-Sharī’ah; Monographs, Theses and Articles, providing references and abstracts of about 3,300 titles.

This Bibliography, prepared by Dr Mohammed Kamal Imam, concentrates on new research on the theories of priorities, utility, consequences and universal principles of Islamic law.

In scholastic terms, the guide embraces all known schools, institutes and developments in Islamic law, from Sunnī to Shī‘i, from Al-Az’har to Al-Zaytunah. Source materials include books, manuscripts, theses, conferences proceedings and refereed articles.

Each item in the volumes is presented in the form of a standard bibliographical entry, followed by a summary of its main chapters, sections and features.


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