The Maqasid Methodolgy

A Guide for the Researcher in the Research Network


  • Jasser Auda Maqasid Institute, Canada



maqasid methodology, maqasid research network, complex framework, ijtihad


The current study aims at presenting the steps of the maqasid methodology in its general framework applied by researchers in the Maqasid Institute and other interested individuals who are assembled in research groups and networks that seek answers to contemporary practical and scientific queries through the Islamic approach of the maqasid methodology illustrated in the book entitled Re-envisioning Islamic Scholarship: Maqasid Methodology as a New Approach. The purpose of this methodology is to generate theories and principles that guide ijtihad (independent reasoning) in disciplinary and phenomena studies upon which the judgement of interests and harms is base, as well as determining the legal rulings according to the nature of the research. In this regard, we introduce the general frameworks and interconnectivities of the complex worldview of the maqasid methodology and its elements namely, objectives, concepts, groups, universal laws, values, proofs, and commands derived from the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to govern the maqasidi-based envisioning and action.

Author Biography

Jasser Auda, Maqasid Institute, Canada

Professor Jasser Auda is a scholar of Islam. His latest contribution is a New Maqasid Methodology that aims to bring about a restructuring of Islamic scholarship around a complex network of the higher objectives/Maqasid of the Quran and Prophetic traditions. He is the President of Maqasid Institute Global, a think tank registered and building research and educational projects in a number of countries. He is Al-Shatibi Chair for Maqasid Studies at the International Peace University in South Africa, a Founding and Board Member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, an Executive Member of the Fiqh Council of North America, a Member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, and the Chairman of the Canadian Fiqh Council. He has a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic law from the University of Wales, UK, and a PhD in systems analysis from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Early in his life, he memorized the Quran and undertook traditional studies at the Study Circles of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. He worked previously as a professor at the universities of Waterloo, Ryerson and Carleton in Canada, Alexandria University in Egypt, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Qatar, American University of Sharjah, UAE, and University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei. Professor Auda lectured on Islam and its law in dozens of countries, and wrote 25 books in Arabic and English, some of which were translated to 25 languages.


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How to Cite

Auda ج. (2021). The Maqasid Methodolgy: A Guide for the Researcher in the Research Network. Journal of Contemporary Maqasid Studies, 1(1), 1–30.