The Ontology and Epistemology of Maqāṣidī-based Knowledge and Its Educational Implications

A Methodological Perspective


  • Aly Abdel Moneim Maqasid Institute, Indonesia



maqasid al-shariah, maqāṣidī-based method, islamic development philosophy, ontology, epistemology


Maqasid al-Shariah herein denotes the higher objectives of the Islamic Revelation that guide Muslim worldly and spiritual life. This article aims to extract these Maqasid from the Holy Qur’an and investigate their philosophical, theoretical and practical implications. Ontologically, Maqasid entails a systematic view of the universe that governs the relationship between the Creator and His creation, which in turn governs the natural, psychological and social environments. In this regard, Maqasid proposes an integrated network of relations between these environments, incorporating ʻibādah, ʻimārah, tazkiyah, khilāfah, and istikhdām maqaṣidī. Epistemologically, Maqasid implies a fact-based, systematic, developmental and purified base for the ontological theses suggested. Moreover, this research seeks to apply the Maqāṣidī-based thought educationally and methodically through the standards of competencies and content that are defined from its multifaceted paradigm based on its ontological and epistemological perspectives. The Maqāṣidī-based approach provides an alternative to the limitations found within the current educational systems and policies that hinder the application of the Maqasid revelation. Thus, this study proposes a multidimensional rationalization of the Maqāidī-based thought in education to achieve development and true success.

Author Biography

Aly Abdel Moneim, Maqasid Institute, Indonesia

Dr. Aly Abdel Moneim, Lecturer at Postgraduate Program, Indonesia Islamic University, Yogyakarta, and a Visiting Associate Professor with the Graduate Studies Program in Islamic Thought at the International Peace College South Africa. Al-Maqasid Institute, Indonesia Coordinator. Education: Political Sciences at Cairo University, Egypt, and Islamic studies at Indonesian Islamic University, Indonesia. Research Interests: Sustainable Development Policies from Islamic Maqasidi (High Objectives) Perspective.


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How to Cite

Moniem, A. A. (2021). The Ontology and Epistemology of Maqāṣidī-based Knowledge and Its Educational Implications: A Methodological Perspective. Journal of Contemporary Maqasid Studies, 1(1), 59–78.