ISL211 Usul al-Fiqh (Methodology of Islamic Law) (8)


This subject will address Islamic jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh) methodology. The historic, social and religious factors in the development of Islamic legal schools will be discussed. The four primary sources of law will be studied together with the supplementary sources used in the practice of ijtihad (independent legal deduction).

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLCentre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Islamic Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the development of usul al-fiqh (Islamic legal theory)
  • be able to show an understanding of the methodology of Islamic law making
  • be able to discuss critically the primary and supplementary sources of Islamic law
  • be able to analyse the arguments and propositions used in legal rulings (fatwas)


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • History of Islamic law
  • Factors involved in the emergence of the Islamic legal schools
  • Ijtihad (Independent legal deduction)
  • The first source of law - the Qur'an
  • The second source of law - Sunnah
  • The third source of law - Qiyas (Analogical Reasoning)
  • The fourth source of law - Ijma (Consensus of Community)
  • Supplementary sources of law
  • Differences in the methodology of legal schools


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.