Maqasid Centre

Aims, Objectives and Activities

The Centre for the Study of the Philosophy of Islamic Law

Aims and Objectives

• Encouraging studies and research which contribute to the Islamic philosophy of law, inside and outside the academic world 

• Co-operating with Islamic universities and Islamic studies departments in order to include the maqāṣid in their curricula or syllabi

• Calling upon scholars to elaborate on the correlation between contemporary ijtihād and maqāṣid, so as to facilitate understanding the wisdom behind, and objectives of Islamic rulings

• Giving special consideration to new research in the theories of priorities, utility, consequences and universal principles of Islamic law

• Calling upon scholars and Islamic institutes of fatwā to illustrate the link between the Islamic texts, fatwā and maqāṣid

• Refuting attempts to misuse the idea of maqāṣid in order to “deconstruct” the Islamic principles and fundamentals

• Promoting and publishing biographies of scholars who have contributed to the study of maqāṣid

• Incorporating maqāṣid theories in the methodology and philosophy of various social sciences and humanities

• Reinforcing the link between the study of maqāṣid and the study of the basic rules of the Islamic law

• Establishing a comprehensive maqāṣid encyclopaedia.


To achieve its aims and objectives, the Centre pursues the following activities:- Publishing new critical editions of maqāṣid books of particular significance

- Publishing bibliographical references in the field of maqāṣid

- Publishing studies on the maqāṣid of Islamic law

- Organising training courses on understanding the maqāṣid

- Holding conferences, symposia, seminars and lectures to stimulate research and discussions on topics related to the field of maqāṣid

- Establishing a reference library with the main research tools necessary for the study of maqāṣid (philosophy of Islamic jurisprudence)

- Encouraging Islamic studies departments and programmes outside traditional Islamic institutes, to conduct research that shows the universality of Islamic law in all cultural contexts

- Encouraging versatile students and young researchers to study the philosophy of Islamic law, the maqāṣid