Correspondence Courses

At the moment two correspondence courses in Islamic law are being offered by the Academy. The courses are designed on the principles of distance learning system. The purpose of the programme is to provide adequate information about the Islamic law and the legal system of Islam. The courses acquaints the participants with the basic concepts of Islamic law, its philosophy, historical development, methodologies of the Muslim jurists in derivation of rulings from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, the causes of juristic differences and the current state of Islamic law. Our correspondence courses help the participants with legal background in undertaking comparative study of the Islamic legal system and the western legal traditions as well as to apply the knowledge in their legal profession.

Presently two correspondence courses viz. Elementary Correspondence Course in Islamic law and Advanced Correspondence Course in Usul al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic jurisprudence) are being offered. So far about 9028 participants have benefited from these courses.

The Academy is planning to launch another advanced course in the criminal law of Islam. The scheme of study has been chalked out and hopefully the course will be in operation in the near future.

 
Salient features of the courses are as under:
 
  • These are based on the concept of distance learning system;
  • Male and female both are eligible for admission;
  • Duration of the courses is one year each;
  • Each course consists of 24 units;
  • The language of the courses is Urdu;
  • Minimum educational qualification for enrolment is graduation; and
  • On successful completion of the course, the participants are awarded a certificate.
Contents of the Courses:
  1. Elementary Correspondence Course in Islamic Law

    The course, launched in 1994, provides basic knowledge about the nature, scope and development of Islamic law. It covers important aspects of Islamic law such as sources, historical evolution, juristic differences, family law of Islam, Islamic concept of property and ownership, criminal law of Islam, Muslim-non-Muslim relations, Islamic injunctions on state and governance, taxation in Islamic perspective, and some other important aspects and dimensions of Islamic law.

  1. The Advanced Correspondence Course in Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)

    This course was initiated in 2005 and is being regularly offered ever since. The main purpose of this course is to provide specialized study on Islamic jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh). It helps the participants to get acquainted with the sources of Islamic law, the rules of interpretation and the methodologies of early Muslim jurists to derive Shari’ah rules from the original sources of Islamic law viz. the Qur’an and the Sunnah and the relevance of these methodologies in the changing circumstances

    This course covers following titles:

    • Introduction to the science of Usul al-Fiqh;
    • Sources of Islamic law
    • Al-Hukm al-Shar’i (al-Hukm al-Taklifi and al-Wad’i);
    • Khas: Specific;
    • ‘Am: General;
    • Dalalat: Rules of interpretation in Islam;
    • Theory of Ijtihad in Islam;
    • Methods of Ijtihad;
    • Codification of laws;
    • Islamization of laws in Pakistan;
    • Hanafi and Maliki schools of law;
    • Shaf’i and Hanbali schools of law;
    • Ja’fari and Zahiri schools of law; and
    • Islamic legal maxims;
  1. Courses in Progress

    The Academy is planning to introduce Advanced Correspondence Courses in following three specializations of Islamic law:

    • The Criminal Law of Islam
    • The Family Law of Islam
    • The Civil Law of Islam
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