Fiqh (Jurisprudence)

In scholarly terms, fiqh is defined as a detailed knowledge of Shari’a laws with their specific evidences and justifications. Throughout the programme, students are given a comprehensive and progressively detailed study of these laws and the debates surrounding their justifications. After introductory modules on the historical development of fiqh alongside reading of Alllama Hilli’s classical Tabṣirat al-mutalimin, students go on to study Baqir Irwani’s al-Fiqh al-Istidlali. Here, they will critically engage with the justifications of the entire breadth of fiqhi laws, ranging from the method of wudhu (ablution) to the conditions governing the validity of financial transactions. In the fourth year, students will move on to read selected themes from more advanced texts, such as Sharh al-Luma’a and al-Maqasib.