An examination of the definition and scope of contemporary fiqh issues; the approach to addressing those issues and deducing their rulings from the original sources of Islamic law; and the concept of collective ijtihad and the assemblies of jurists. Students will study individual examples of newly emerged matters such as modern applications of Zakat, DNA testing & its use in paternity tests and criminology, conventional insurance and alternatives, naturalization and citizenship in non-Muslim countries, interest-based mortgages and alternatives, plastic surgery, and moon sighting. (3 credit hours)
Dr. Said Hassan will be teaching fiqh courses at Mishkah University. Dr Hassan is also an Assistant Professor at Taibah University, KSA and Al-Azhar University, Egypt. He earned his PhD from UCLA in 2011. He worked as a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University in 2012. He was also a visiting fellow at the Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin, Indonesia, and at the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universitate, Berlin, both in 2014. His publications include Said F. Hassan, Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat: History, development and Progress, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) 2013; Khaled Abou El Fadl, Ahmad Atif Ahmad & Said Hassan (eds). Handbook of Islamic Law, (Routledge Publication) 2019; and Jureidini, Ray and Said Hassan. Migration and Islamic Ethics: Issues of Residence, Naturalization, and Citizenship. Brill Series: Studies in Islamic Ethics, (Leiden: Brill) 2019.