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Module Two; Unit 5:

Usul al-fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)


This module will cover the main areas of Islamic jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh), and the historic, social and religious factors in the development of Islamic legal schools. The focus will be the four primary sources of Islamic law, together with the supplementary sources used in the practice of ijtihad (independent legal deduction).

Primary Text

Primary Text:

  • Mabadi Fi Usul al-Fiqh

About the Text:

Mabadi Fi Usul al-Fiqh by Shaykh Akram nadwi is part of a series of five books written by shaykh Akram nadwi in order to introduce the sciences of Quran, Hadith, fiqh and Arabic language. The book provides an introduction to usul al-Fiqh in a concise yet comprehensive way making a suitable book for a beginner.


Recommended Reading list

It would be useful for students to have at least read:

  • Usul al-Fiqh by Taha Jabir Al-Alwani
  • usul al-Fiqh by Shah Abdul Hannan


Further study

  • Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence by Kamali, Cambridge, 1991.
  • Islamic Jurisprudence by Nyazee, Islamic Research Institute, 2000.

Teaching Method

Teaching Method

Each class will consist of a 55 minute lecture, where the primary text will be read in Arabic along with its translation, commentary and relevance to the wider field. There will be an encouragement for the teaching to be interactive, with questions both posed of the students and welcomed from them. The teacher may also use power point presentations and post recorded webinars for study aid.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the development of usul al-fiqh
  • show an understanding of the methodology of Islamic law-making
  • critically discuss the primary and supplementary sources of Islamic law
  • analyse the arguments and propositions used in legal rulings (fatwas)


The module 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 Quran
  • The second source of law: the Sunnah
  • The third source of law: qiyas (analogical reasoning)
  • The fourth source of law: ijma’ (consensus of the community)
  • Supplementary sources of law
  • Differences in the methodology of various legal schools


This course will involve one short in-course essay and end-of-course written examination.

Teacher Profile


Shaykh Abid Khan has been studying the Islamic sciences for over 10 years. He has studied under many notable scholars from Makkah, Madinah and the UK. He has an ijazah in hadith and Quran recitation from a number of scholars including Shaykh Ahmad Muhammad 'Amir al-Azhari, Shaykh Dr Ahmad Tahir Awais Somali and Shaykh 'Ali Khallufi from Morrocco.  He has also studied under Shaykh Akram Nadwi at the ASI since 2009.

He graduated in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Physics (Hons.) and went on to specialise in his Masters in Biomaterials and Stem Cell research at University College London, graduating in July 2011 from the University of London.

He is currently working as a consultant at First Ethical and is also a part-time imam at Masjid Noor in Harrow, London.


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