Fiqh of Islam, State and Society. Dr Akram Nadwi

Fiqh of Islam, State, and Society

Course Overview

This unit on Islam, State, and Society will provide detailed instruction on the role of the individual Muslim in society. The role of Muslims living in non-Muslim land, the importance of Da’wah (calling to Islam), and the rights of the neighbour will be discussed in-depth. Examples taken from the history of political Islam, from the time of the Four Khulafa to the fall of the Ottoman Empire, will be presented alongside the teachings of the Prophet (saw) to foster a deep understanding of the wisdoms behind Divine legislation. In addition, the emergence of a global “eco-friendly” perspective will be discussed; focusing on how the believer should respond at an individual level. This module will also cover Jihad and its conditions, and consider solutions to the contemporary issues of fundamentalism and intolerance.

Course Objectives

To provide students with:

  • Guidance in how best to navigate in different social and political climates
  • An understanding of the different stages of Islam throughout history and its contemporary relevance in the 21st Century and beyond

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to Islamic Statehood
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to Muslims in Muslim Society
  • Understand the Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) relating to Muslims in non-Muslim society
  • Understand the rights and duties of the individual and social community
  • Confidently recall the history of political Islam
  • Understand the Islamic perspective on contemporary phenomena such as Human Rights and International Tribunals (cross-jurisprudential authority)

Course Content

  • Ummah al-Wasat (The Ummah of Moderation)
  • Societal Relations
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Friendship with Non-Muslims
  • Neighbours
  • Women in Islam
  • Gifts and Festivities
  • Celebrations and National Holidays
  • Recycling and the Environment
  • Attending to this world
  • Animal Rights
  • Human Rights
  • The Inviolability of Honour
  • Muslims under Non-Muslim Rule
  • Capital Punishment
  • Sanctity of Life
  • Jihad
  • Islamic Statehood
  • Hudud
  • Crimes and Retaliation
  • Apostasy
  • Slavery in Islam
  • Islam under the Four Khulafa
  • History of Political Islam
  • Islam in 21st Century Britain

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