Faculty of Jurisprudence (Fiqh)

Islamic jurisprudence is of paramount importance to the students of Aljamea since the application of concepts studied in fiqh texts is often required when students are given various pastoral and leadership roles during the holy Islamic months of Ramadan and Moharram.  At the higher stages the discourse on jurisprudence is critically assessed through historical, sociological and anthropological perspectives.

The texts of Syedna al-Qadi al-Nuʿman RA are extensively studied since they form the basis of Fatimi jurisprudence. These, along with other texts are studied taking into consideration the following frameworks:

  • The Quran and its interpretations
  • The pivotal role of the imam in Fatimi jurisprudence
  • Sources and validity of Islamic and Fatimi directives
  • Fundamental differences amongst schools of Islamic jurisprudence
  • Significance of jurisprudence for the social, economic and moral development of society

In addition to these frameworks, each year has specific core topics:

YearCore Topics
 1, 2 & 3 

  • Fundamental tenets of jurisprudence

  • Sociological jurisprudence

  • Criminal jurisprudence

  • Marital jurisprudence
  • The Hanafī school

  • Economic jurisprudence
  • Islamic socio-economics
  • The Mālikī school
 8 & 9 

  • Theological jurisprudence
  • The Shāfiʿī school
  • The Jʿaferī school
 10 & 11 

  • Political jurisprudence
  • The Hanbalī school
  • Oriental and Occidental perspectives