Friday, November 30, 2007

Overview of Usul al-fiqh terms and defintitions

Purpose of this text

At the time of writing this text I have not found many freely available texts which provide the English reader a clear and detailed alphabetical listing of Usul al-Fiqh terms and definitions.

This text seeks to provide the reader with a simple way for looking up terms, definitions and examples which are related to the subject of Usul al-fiqh, and related subjects.
We will look at the way an Usul al-fiqh term was defined from the classical works of the mujtahid Imams such as Imam Abu Hanifah and Imam Shafii, then the scholars of the mathahib such as Imam Nawawi up to the contemporary scholars of today such as Dr Muhammad Hashim Kamali.

The terms are listed in alphabetical format using a Standard English transliteration defined at the end of the text. Some terms and definitions will include the Arabic transcript of the word as well.

The text can be used by people working on Usul al-Fiqh related articles, websites, books, etc as a guide to standard English translations for Usul al-Fiqh related terms and definitions.

This text is currently work in progress and we will update this as we go along. It can serve as a template for terms and definitions from various Islamic related subjects.

Format of definition

Term (English transliteration and possibly Arabic transcript)
  • Pronunciation (pronounced “ij-tee-had”)
  • General summarized meaning. (one liner)
  • Various defintions (from different sources, classical works, contemporary works, websites, etc.)
  • Examples (If applicable from the Qur'an, the Sunnah, ijma', and qiyas)
  • Related terms
Click here to download the current work in progress document and feel free to contribute if possible.

Samir Franciscus

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