The Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh was established in 1998 as an independent academic unit within the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences. The programmes offered by the Department fulfills the ultimate goal of the Kulliyyah to become a leading centre for integration of revealed values with human knowledge. They introduce students to the study of Islamic jurisprudence and Islamic legal theory. The wide range of courses offered by the Department not only involves mere textual reading and memorization of the juristic legacy but also an analysis of various views and arguments, an evaluation of proof-values underlining each juristic pronouncement, an appreciation of divergent positions, and most importantly contextualization of juristic discourses with the view of providing solutions to juristic needs of Muslims and global world. These skills equip the students with juridical acumen to serve effectively as competent graduates of Islamic jurisprudence and enable them to be life-long learners and thoughtful citizens of increasingly globalized world. It materializes the above via its Bachelor and Post-graduate Programmes.
The department offers two areas of concentration:
- Fiqh is concerned with the various branches of Shari'ah laws, differences among the different schools of law, the bases and consequences of these differences, and the issues related to the implementation of Shari'ah laws to new situations.
- Usul Al-Fiqh deals with the source and the principles of Shari'ah laws,critical evaluation of classical literature in Islamic Jurisprudence and its implications for modern times.
The Department provides an integrated perspective of knowledge, and understanding of diverse fiqh & usul al-fiqh contexts.
The Department's Undergraduate Program offers Bachelor of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage degrees in Islamic Jurisprudence.
The Graduate Program in the Department provides students the opportunity to obtain both Masters of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage in Islamic Jurisprudence and Doctor of Philosophy of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage in Islamic Jurisprudence.