HDS 3584

The Islamic Ritual's Influence on the Legal Reasoning of the Fiqh

Baber Johansen


From the end of the 19th until the last decade of the 20th century, Western research has excluded the ritual duties ('ibadat) from the study of "Islamic Law". It is only since the 1980s that increased attention has been given to the normative character of the ritual. This seminar focuses on the influence that the legal construction of the ritual has had on the fiqh's forms of legal reasoning in general. It will, in particular, study the concept of obligation in the ritual and other parts of the fiqh. It will also draw attention to the fact that the ritual has always been and continues to be one of the most important forms in which Islamic Law is present in Muslim societies.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 12 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Islamic Civilizations 223


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Mon 4pm-6pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None