First Steps in Fiqh
Understanding hadith, fiqh and differences of opinion through a study of Imam Malik’s classic hadith collection (The Muwatta)
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First Steps in Fiqh: Understanding hadith, fiqh and differences of opinion through a study of Imam Malik’s classic hadith collection (The Muwatta)
26th May – 14th July 2021
Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm, British Summer Time (BST = GMT + 1)
Classes will be conducted online via Zoom
The word ‘fiqh’ means understanding. Often people are told they are being taught fiqh when they are given a list of rulings to memorise without being provided the evidence for these rulings and the rationale behind them. This 8-week course aims to walk you through the core teachings of fiqh via Imam Malik’s carefully selected hadiths in the Muwatta, which became the basis for all other hadith books like Bukhari and Muslim. It will be supplemented with selections from Sahih Bukhari, Jami’ al-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Rushd’s Bidayat al-Mujtahid in Comparative Fiqh. You will learn how the jurists of the different schools understood these hadiths (and relevant verses of the Quran) and how the differences between the schools came about. This course is suitable for students of all levels, and will begin from the start of the Muwatta, aiming to cover the times of the obligatory and supplementary prayers and moving on to the fiqh of purification.
Dr. Samer Dajani is a Palestinian-Jordanian scholar and author. He received his BA in Arab & Islamic Civilizations from the American University in Cairo, followed by an MA and PhD in Islamic Studies from SOAS, University of London. His primary interests are: 1) Hadith Science, 2) Jurisprudence, with a focus on the methodologies of the different Sunni schools and theories on legal diversity and the nature of the Shari’a. He has studied Islamic sciences with scholars for many years, and has likewise been teaching Islamic courses for many years.