Wednesday, 11 November 2009 17:09

An Essay on Maqasid

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The chapter accentuates the necessary unity that must exist between the ruling and text of the shari'ah and the end-goal and purpose of those rules.  It also highlights the importance of ethics to the maqasid and how the basic notion of a valid purpose must espouse a moral message.  Other related themes that feature in this related chapter are the history and classification of maqasid and the manner in which they are ascertained and identified in the sources of shari'ah.  The chapter ends with a section on “reappraisal of the maqasid,” and adds a few works also on the importance of maqasid to gender and justice....Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


The chapter appears in Kari Vogt et al, eds, New Directions in Islamic Thought: Exploring Reform and Muslim Tradition, London: IB Tauris 2009, pp 23-47

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Professor Dato' Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali is founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.