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Methods and methodologies in Fiqh and Islamic economics

Saleem, Muhammad Yusuf (2010) Methods and methodologies in Fiqh and Islamic economics. Review of Islamic Economics, 14 (1). pp. 103-123. ISSN 0962-2055

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This paper discusses the methodology and methods of reasoning in fiqh and critically examines their application to Islamic economics. It argues that fiqh methods are mainly designed to find out whether a certain act is permissible or prohibited for an individual. Islamic economics, on the other hand, is a social science and, accordingly, its proper unit of analysis is society, not the individual. Methodologies of fiqh and Islamic economics also differ as the former focuses on prescriptions. It prescribes what an individual should do or avoid. In contrast, Islamic economics is more concerned with describing economic realities. While fiqh prescriptions are permanent in nature and for all individuals, economic descriptions may change from time to time and from society to society. This paper argues that the methods of reasoning in fiqh and Islamic economics are not necessarily the same. While fiqh is well served by its methodology and methods set out in usul al-fiqh, Islamic economics should rely on a methodology and methods that suit its social and descriptive nature.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2867/450
Uncontrolled Keywords: fiqh, islamic economics
Subjects: ?? HB1 ??
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Muhammad Yusuf Saleem
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 15:45
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2011 15:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/450

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