Foundations of Islamic Knowledge and Scholarship

Dr. Jasser Auda
Last Update June 22, 2022
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About This Course


Dr. Jasser Auda
President of Maqasid Institute Global


This course by Dr. Jasser Auda offers an introduction to the topic of Islamic knowledge and scholarship. How can the Qur’an be a source of knowledge for all professions, disciplines and activities? What is the scope of Islamic scholarship beyond jurisprudence? Who is an Islamic scholar and what are his/her qualifications? What should be the outcomes of research from the Islamic point of view? These are the main questions that this course is attempting to answer.

It is a course on the methodology of Islamic Studies, which focuses on the revelational basis, definitions, scope, and classification of knowledge, from the Islamic point of view.

The course will discuss the relationship between knowledge and purification of one’s heart, the logic of purposeful connectivity in the Qur’an and what we can learn from it for our daily lives? How to build an Islamic framework that allows an authentic perception of reality, and how to build new disciplinary and phenomena studies from the Islamic perspective.


9 Lessons1h 52m

Unit 1 – Knowledge and the Heart

Unit 2 – Arabic as the Origin of Language

Unit 3 – Logic, Purpose and Truth

Unit 4 – Basis of Definitions

Unit 5 – Scope of Islamic Scholarship

Unit 6 – Defining “Al-Ijtihad Al-Fiqhi” (Scholarly Reasoning)

Unit 7 – Qualifications of an Islamic Scholar

Unit 8 – Outcome of Islamic Scholarship

Unit 9 – Renewing the Classification of Knowledge

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Dr. Jasser Auda

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Professor Jasser Auda is a scholar of Islamic legal theory, especially the higher purposes (maqasid) of the Islamic law. He is the President of Maqasid Institute Global, a think tank registered in the USA, UK, Malaysia and Indonesia, a Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Islam at Carleton University, Canada, a Visiting Professor at the Rule of Law Institute, Faculty of Law, Loyola University Chicago, and Al-Shatibi Chair for Maqasid Studies at the International Peace University in South Africa. He is a Founding and Board Member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, an Executive Member of the Fiqh Council of North America, a Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and a Fellow of the Fiqh Academy of India. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from the University of Wales, UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Qur’an and undertook traditional studies at the Study Circles of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. He worked previously as a professor at the universities of Waterloo and Ryerson in Canada, Alexandria University in Egypt, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar, American University of Sharjah, UAE, and University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei. Professor Auda lectured on Islam and its law in dozens of countries, and wrote 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were translated to 25 languages.’
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Foundations of Islamic Knowledge and Scholarship
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Duration 1.9 hour
9 lectures

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  • Re-orienting the Islamic Worldview - Jasser Auda