Reinstating the Roles of Maqasid al-Shariah

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Ahmad Badri Abdullah

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In recent decades, due to different factors, awareness of the critical importance of maqasid al-shari’ah as the foundation of the Islamic legal system has been on a rising trend. It has become a timely topic in different spheres, especially Islamic studies and research. Numerous academic works in contemporary Islamic scholarship have used maqasid al-shari’ah as a theoretical basis. They range from university dissertations to academic journals, to books, to policy papers. In some Muslim countries, like Malaysia, maqasid al-shari’ah has become a national agenda with the launch of the Shari’ah Index, a governance metric that uses maqasid principles to gauge the country’s performance from the Islamic outlook.

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