This is an entry-level course in Jurisprudence that examines the key and contemporary issues pertaining to the acts of worship. This course focuses on purification (Taharah), prayer (Salah) and funerals (Janazah). The main text focuses on the opinions and evidences of the Hanbali Madhab. In addition, attention will be given to all the various opinions across the major Madhahib (legal schools of thought), particularly on major issues.(3 credits)
About the Instructor(s)
Ahmed Khater was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in legal studies, and attained a second B.A. from Al-Azhar University in Islamic sciences and Arabic language.
He received an M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley with a specialization in Islamic law and legal theory, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union specializing in Islamic law and legal theory.
He also holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Islamic studies from the Islamic University of Minnesota. He has received ijazat (licenses) in various Islamic sciences, including ones to teach and narrate the Hanbali madhhab.
He is a lecturer of Islamic studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Saint Mary’s College (adjunct assistant professor), Islamic University of Minnesota, and was a lecturer of Arabic language at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches and designs curriculum at Mishkah University, and he previously worked with Al-Azhar University’s department of Islamic studies in English to edit books and articles for the scholars of Al-Azhar. He works with the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America answering legal questions for their fatwa chat/hotline services, and as a fiqh consultant, resident fatwa committee secretary, and translator/editor. He also teaches the traditional Islamic sciences at Zidni Islamic Institute.