LAW501 Advanced Islamic Law: al-Hidāyah II

Course ID
Islamic Law
Core or Elective
Dr. Muhammed Volkan Yildiran Stodolsky

Course Name: Advanced Islamic Law: al-Hidāyah II
Prerequisites: LAW401 and LAW402 or instructor’s approval
Course Requirements: There will be a midterm and a final exam.

Imam Burhān al-Dīn al-Marghīnānī’s (d. 593/1196) al-Hidāyah empowers the student with a comprehensive understanding of each legal issue through delving into textual and rational evidence. Al-Marghīnānī furthers the discourse at times by mentioning similar rulings or drawing the student’s attention to subtle differences between apparently similar cases. The author also presents opposing opinions from both within and outside the Ḥanafī legal school. The discourse is concluded by answering the objections of the opposition by transmitted evidence or legal maxims. Al-Hidāyah has enjoyed special attention throughout the ages. The various commentaries and notes on the work ease the student’s journey.