Lesson 1 – Fiqh Essentials: Introduction To Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh)

Welcome to lesson one of this course. This lesson is provided as bonus content to help you understand Islamic jurisprudence. It will help you with anything course or book that deals with Islamic law (fiqh), and will help you make sense of how and why there is so much diversity in the way Islamic rulings are given and when scholars disagree.

Chat Group

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Reading Material

Essential Reading

Extended Reading

Shaykh Shams’s Article: Agreeing to Disagree


Here is the talk I mentioned:

Presentation Slides

Al-Ghazzali: Boundaries of Theological Tolerance, translated by Dr Sherman Jackson


Lesson Video

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