Prof. Dr. Jasser Auda, MI President, recently published a research paper titled “The Concept of Civil State in the Framework of Islamic Juridicial Tradition: Introductory Remarks” in the International Research Journal of Islamic Civilization (IRJIC) Vol. 1, Issue 1, Jan. 2021.
The abstract reads:
The concept of “civil state” can be a source of change and progress at political, social and economic levels in the Muslim world through a new perspective on Islamic jurisprudence based on the ‘Maq ̄asid Al-Shar ̄ı‘ah’, namely the aims, inner purpose and scope of Islamic law. A perspective based on the ‘Maq ̄asid will be helpful in overcoming the stagnation of Islamic jurisprudence and some of its time-bound prescriptions and characteristics. This will open the way to the formulations of new theories and perspectives, thus enabling to take the Muslim community to a better future, without renouncing its Islamic roots and identity. At the same time, the notions of Islamic roots and identity should be revised through an honest historical research which is focused not only on the dynamics of power structures, but on the social, economic and cultural achievements, as well setbacks, of the Muslim community.
IRJIC is published by Tawasul International’s Centre for Publishing, Research and Dialogue.
Access the full paper here.