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Understanding the Muwatta as a Fiqh Book

Course Date: May 6, Saturday

Respect Graduate School is pleased to host Dr. Mohammed Fadel. Dr. Fadel will be conducting an intensive workshop on the Muwatta of Imam Malik. One of the main questions to be addressed in this workshop is whether the Muwatta is a book of Hadith or a book of Fiqh? This workshop will focus on a close textual reading of selected sections of the Muwatta in Arabic. Through this close reading approach students will learn the style of the text and the unique approach that Imam Malik takes in narrating hadith and fiqh. We invite students are invited to explore the methodology of the Muwatta and its uniqueness as one of the earliest texts complied in Hadith and Fiqh.

Outline of the Course

Introduction to the Muwatta

Versions of the Muwatta

Defining the Nature of the Muwatta: Hadith Text or Fiqh Text?

Detailed Examination of the Muwatta

Composition of Muwatta

Comparing the Versions of the Muwatta

General Examination of the Muwatta

Close Reading of select texts of the Muwatta

Student Learning Outcomes

Encouraging students to write a summary of the discussion before and/or after each class

Interactive and motivating discussion sections for the students

A positive and constructive attitude to help students to be motivational and have creative engagement with the class

To improve writing skills

Course Details


May 6, Saturday


8 AM - 4 PM (EST)


$ 100



About the Instructor

Dr. Mohammed H. Fadel

Mohammad H. Fadel is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, which he joined in January 2006. Professor Fadel wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on legal process in medieval Islamic law while at the University of Chicago and received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Fadel was admitted to the Bar of New York in 2000 and practiced law with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, New York, where he worked on a wide variety of corporate finance transactions and securities-related regulatory investigations. Professor Fadel also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Professor Fadel has published numerous articles in Islamic legal history and Islam and liberalism.

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