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The historical development of the different schools (mazhab) of Islamic jurisprudence is an exemplary instance of â€˜harmony in diversityâ€™, both in the realms of scholarship and society. The diversity of opinions among the schools of thought stemmed from different methodological preferences, variances in legal resources, and case-specific circumstances. This article suggests that, despite their diverse and sometimes conflicting views on various Islamic juridical issues, the different schools maintained a degree of harmony between themselves because they shared a common goal: to achieve the higher purposes of Shariâ€™ah (maqasid al-shariâ€™ah). Hence, this article explores the meeting points embedded in the inter-school perspective via the framework of maqasid al-Shariâ€™ah. It aims to explain the historical discourse of the multiple schools and its inspiring example with regard to harmony and mutual respect.