Maqasid Research Methodology Challenges
A Survey Study
Keywords:maqasid methodology, maqasid al-shari’ theory, usul al-fiqh, Islamic sharia law, research challenge, the five essentials
AbstractThis paper aims at revealing the genuine and core challenges facing scholars working in the research field of Maqasid Al-Shari’a Al-Islamiyah. The paper depended on the mixed methodology of surveys and interviews to collect raw data from scholars working in the field. The collected raw data considered the differences in cultural, geographical and language backgrounds of the participants. It has also included the scholars with various specialties in Maqasid Al-Shari’a. The paper has also segmented the challenges faced by the Maqasid scholars into theoretical, methodological, institutional, environmental and technical challenges. The paper concluded that a great part of the challenges faced by the Maqasid scholars is that the approach does not provide a wholistic theoretical and methodological framework; most of the interviewed scholars criticized the theoretical and the methodological framework of the approach, claiming that they are not complete. The paper’s recommendations will be presented to the institutions working on the Maqasid Al-Shari’ah Al-Islamiyah approach to improve the circumstances of Maqasid Al-Shari’a scholars working in their own institutions, which is one of the basic challenges faced by them.
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