RGS 410 Islamic Jurisprudence of Five Pillars

RGS 410 Islamic Jurisprudence of Five Pillars

RGS 410 Islamic Jurisprudence of Five Pillars

This course addresses the study of Islamic law or jurisprudence (Fiqh) relating to the five pillars of Islam - the declaration of faith (shahadah), the daily prescribed prayers (salat), fasting during the month of Ramadan (sawm), purifying alms (zakat), and the pilgrimage (hajj) - together with the textual evidence for the basis of the rulings. The rituals related to these practices will be studied together with the criteria and method for practice. Physical cleansing in Islam will also be addressed. The Hanafi School of Islamic law will be the primary school studied, however, views and evidence from Shafi‘i, Maliki and Hanbali schools of law will also be discussed.