Maqasid Institute Goals

At the heart of MI’s project is the development of a comprehensive maqasid research methodology that will form the foundation of a robust paradigm shift based on a holistic understanding of the Quran and the example of Prophet Muhammad (s). The scope of this goal is expansive and will build on a rich historical legacy as well as contemporary intellectual contributions to this field. MI is confident that its team of scholars can produce a concept paper within one year and develop a foundational methodology within five years.
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The creation of a global maqasid research network is crucial for generating critical mass of intellectual activities and contributions that can accumulate and build on each other to generate breakthrough ideas. With the objective of providing a conducive environment and resources to collaborate, learn and produce quality research, the network will be designed like an ecosystem. The core infrastructure of the network is web-based to harness the intellectual talents of researchers worldwide efficiently and effectively. Other major components of the network are: researchers database, digital library, e-learning, research training, publishing, and discussion forums. As a fundamental source for the renewed maqasid paradigm being developed, MI will encourage and guide efforts to generate research in the following key areas: Islamic jurisprudence, public policy, development, and women and minorities. Specific research questions and gap analysis of where research efforts should be focused and what resources are needed will also be generated through surveys of the participants in the system.
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The global promotion of a maqasid research network and the application of ideas based on such thought will require support from maqasid focused research centers and partnering institutes and organizations. These centers are envisioned to be premier hubs of MI activities, located in strategic geographic locations around the world to fulfill the following functions: a) conduct research, teach, train, collaborate with local and regional organizations, and provide consultation services, b) provide global perspectives and feedback to further promote and refine R&D throughout MI’s centers and offices, c) work with and support MI offices, representatives, affiliates, and partner organizations within their geographic sphere.
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MI’s success, ultimately, will be tangible when maqasid based theory and research inspires real solutions and have tangible beneficial impact on individuals and societies. This impact is envisioned to take place through the cultivation of close partnerships with specialized organizations working on the ground in various areas, like development, public policy, media, education and training institutions, and relief and welfare agencies. To cultivate these partnerships, MI will offer: a) education and training activities that deepen understanding of maqasid principles and application, and b) support for the development of suitable organizational strategies that promote success while upholding the higher principles of the shariah. The partners’ application of maqasid based ideas will provide valuable feedback to continuously revise and improve maqasid-based research and thought. The partnerships will also synergize efforts and promote efficiency, innovation and diversity of approaches.
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