Demystifying Sharī῾a Law:
A Study of Al-Waraqāt of Imam Al-Juwaynī
Instructor: Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
This course is a study of the famous primer on Islamic legal theory and jurisprudential foundations authored by the 11th century theologian and jurist, Imam al-Ḥaramayn al-Juwaynī (478 AH/1085 CE) entitled Al-Waraqāt (The Papers). The goal of this course is to acquaint students with Islam’s basic legal sources, the interpretative process, and the qualifications needed to issue legal responsa (fatwa). Each lesson will consist of a reading of the original Arabic script followed by an extemporaneous English translation along with additional commentary from the instructor. This is an introductory level course open to anyone with a desire to understand how laws are formulated, executed, and negotiated within the temporal-spatial contexts of daily human interactions. It also seeks to assuage non-Muslim fears of “creeping Shari῾a” by disclosing the similarities and slight differences between Muslim and Western civilizational and moral concerns. Serious students of Arabic and Islamic Studies will reap the most benefit from this course. Non-Muslims are welcome to attend as well.
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Listen to a sample of the course:
‘Introduction to Imam Al-Juwayni
Important Notice: All Classes are PRE-RECORDED. Our classes enable you to study the material at your own pace and according to your own schedule.
Session 1- Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni, the Nature of God’s Commandments & the Legislator -
Session 2- The Language of the Holy Book
Session 3- Inclusive and Exclusive Language
Session 4- Abrogation, Consensus & Reports
Session 5- Analogy, Legal Responsa, and Interpretative Autonomy
Session 6- Questions & Answers