The syllabus for this module is based on selected readings from the second volume of Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr’s Al-Halaqat series. This volume discusses many of the topics mentioned in the first volume (covered in the Principles of Jurisprudence 1 and 2 modules); however this time, the author explores the topics in far greater detail and depth and evaluates differing jurisprudential perspectives. This approach of studying a subject more than once but with increasing depth each time is a feature of the Hawza tradition of learning, and is a style that al-Sadr has adopted in Al-Halaqat.
- Legal Rulings and their Divisions
- Substantiating Arguments (al-’Adillāt al-Muḥrizah)
o Religious Evidence (al-Dalīl al-Shar‘ī)
Verbal Religious Evidence (al-Dalīl al-Shar‘ī al-Lafẓī)
Non-Verbal Religious Evidence (al-Dalīl al-Shar‘ī Ghayr al-Lafẓī)
o Rational Evidence (al-Dalīl al-‘Aqlī)
- Procedural Principles (al-Uṣūl al-‘Amalīyyah)
- Contradiction Between Evidences (Ta‘arruḍ al-’Adillah)
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy
Graded assessment is by presentation and written examination. The presentation will be for 15 minutes, requiring students to compare and evaluate different opinions of jurists on a particular area of Principles of Jurisprudence and to present their research in a concise and effective manner that demonstrates a critical understanding of the issues. The 2 hour written examination will take place at the end of the semester.
Presentation: 40 %
Written examination: 60 %
Each assessment component must be passed in order to pass the module.
Al-Sadr, M.B. (2007). Durus fi ‘Ilm al-Usul (al-Halaqat al-Thaniyah). Qum: Markaz al-Abhath wa al-Dirasat al-Takhassusiyyah li al-Shahid al-Sadr.