ISL411 Methodology of Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh) (8)

This subject addresses the methodology related to the principles of Islamic jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh). The development of Islamic law in the early history of Islam, the emergence of ijtihad (Islamic legal interpretation) together with the revealed and non-revealed sources of law and methodology of usul al-fiqh will also be addressed. In addition, the four primary sources of law as well as other supplementary sources of law used in the practice of ijtihad (independent legal deduction) will also be discussed.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
United Theological College

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Islamic Studies (Articulate Set)

Assumed Knowledge

A foundational understanding of Islamic juriprudence.

Learning Outcomes

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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • History of Islamic law and emergence of 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 the community)
  • Istihsan (equity in Islam)
  • Istislah (considerations of public interest)
  • Istishab (presumption of continuity)
  • Urf (customs)
  • Sadd al-dhara'i (blocking the means to harm)


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.