This book contains the papers that were presented at the foundational seminar of the Centre for the Study of the Philosophy of Islamic Law. The first part includes studies on the Sharīʿah objectives, the beginnings of this science, its development and its future directions, as well as a comparative study between the jurisprudence of maqāṣid and that of the texts, and between universal maqāṣid and specific scripts. It includes also a comparison between uṣūl and fiqh rules and their relationship with maqāṣid. Furthermore, papers in this book looked at the “purposes” and “causes” of the Islamic rulings as well as the maqāṣid in the Shiʿah school of thought: dilemma of terminology and scholasticism.
The second part of the book addresses various applications in the Islamic jurisprudence such as activating maqāṣid paradigm in political and social fields, as well as in the field of endowments (awqāf).