The Journal of Contemporary Maqasid Studies is an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the Maqasid Institute. The Journal publishes articles in Arabic and English bi-annually.
Scope of the Journal
1.Methodological and Principles Studies: It aims to renew the methodology of the principles of Islamic thought, Usul al-Fiqh (principles of Islamic jurisprudence), Usul al-‘Aqidah (principles of faith), Usul al-Hadith (principles of Prophetic tradition), Usul al-Da’wah (principles of Islamic propagation), and critical assessments of scholarly heritage.
2.Maqasid of the Holy Qurʾān: studies that incorporate the Qur’ānic objectives to emphasize the general, specific and partial objectives of shari’a and the objectives of Qur’anic rhetoric and ‘ilm al-Tafsir (science of exegesis) to comprehend the ultimate objective from all the universal necessities.
3.Maqasid of the Sunnah: studies of the Prophetic legislative and non-legislative objectives in rulings, political decisions, legal judgments, etc.
4.Maqasid Methodology: The journal presents works invested in furthering the theoretical and practical applications of the new maqasid methodology as developed by Maqasid Institute, including the achievement of maqasid, correction of concepts, classification of parties, identification and respect of universal laws, prioritization and reification of values, examination and establishment of proofs, and the application of commands as manifested in the Revelational networks of meanings. All studies that stem from and contribute to this methodology are welcome.
5.Higher Objectives Approach to Contemporary Jurisprudence: studies that encompass the nawazil (emerging jurisprudential issues) from maqasid shari’a’s perspective, in addition to maqasid-based studies of the established jurisprudential discourse, such as acts of worship, personal dealings, transactions, penalties, legal policy and others.
6.Maqasid-based Approaches to Dialogue with other Methodologies: it involves maqasid-based studies of theses, philosophies, and methodologies with the aim of benefiting from human intellectual contributions.
7.Critical Studies of the History of Maqasid Science: It deals with studies of the intellectual heritage of maqasid shari’a, from a critical point of view in terms of its compatibility with the principles of revelation and the demands of contemporary jurisprudential, intellectual and institutional reality.
8.Contemporary Phenomenon Studies: These studies should be transdisciplinary in their approach and they aim to provide solutions and strategies to contemporary issues in a way that achieves the objectives of Islamic shari’a and the objectives of the revelation. It also encompasses studies and investigations of phenomena recommended by the Maqasid Institute including: poverty and social justice, tyranny and reform movements, corruption of the environment, wars and conflict resolution, halal industries and markets, major civilizational and cultural phenomena, new technologies and innovation, Islamic presence in a specific geographical area, and others.
9.Critical Studies of Contemporary Disciplines: studies on reformulating contemporary disciplines in social, human, and natural sciences from the perspective of maqasid. The aim of reformulating these disciplines is to rectify them from any theoretical foundations that may contradict the principles of revelation, and transform the methodology of academic studies into multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary studies of phenomena.
10.Corporate and General Strategic Studies: studies advancing, assessing or critiquing strategies for the application of maqasid approaches to realizing shari’a objectives at an institutional, ummatic, and humanity levels. These are strategies attempting to transform notions such as waqf (endowment), zakat (charity), shura (consultation) and other concepts to materialize them into actual projects and institutions that achieve the shari’a objectives and complies with the natural laws of Allah (God) associated with mankind, society and life.