The Place and Role of Maqasid al-Shariah in the Ummah’s 21st Century Civilisational Renewal

by Osman Bakar

Source: Islam and Civilisational Renewal, vol. 2, no. 2 (January 2011), pp. 285-301.

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Abstract: The author of this article argues that – from the point of view of the ideals of human civilisation as set forth by the Qur’an – modern civilisation, which is largely of Western inspiration and making, has undergone a progressive inner decay while displaying marvels of scientific and technological achievements unmatched in human history. He sees this decay as referring to human degradation or dehumanisation. In order to address his concern, he argues for a restoration of a previously lost unity, balance and equilibrium to contemporary civilisation. He argues that Islam’s main contribution to a possible solution would be an approach based on maqasid al-shari’ah. He concludes by stating that an Islamic agenda of civilisational renewal (al-tajdid al-hadari) is ultimately congruent with civilisational renewal for humanity as a whole.

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