SOAS University of London

School of Law

Mr Tariq Al-Timimi

BSc Politics and International Relations (LSE), MA Islamic Law (SOAS)
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PhD Student Associate Member

School of Law

Graduate Teaching Staff

Mr Tariq Al-Timimi
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(Working title) The Development of the Maqasid Model in the Modern Era and its utility to the application of Islamic law today
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Year of entry 2014/15
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PhD Research

The focus of the theory of Islamic law (usul al-fiqh) has been, among other things, those theories/models that have been formulated to enable jurists to derive rulings/laws from the sources of Islamic law. This, arguably, began with al-Shafi’i (in the 3rd century) and no major advancements were made until, in the 14th century, al-Shatibi, developed a philosophy of Islamic law, that in prior had only been outlined by al-Juwayni and al-Ghazali -  namely the ‘theory of maqasid’. This aimed at evading the inter-madhab differences in usul, with a more concentrated focus on: what does Islamic law actually aim to do?

For multiple reasons, this important theory remained dormant until it was resurrected in the 20th century by al-Tahir bin ’Ashur in his seminal work, Maqasid al-Shari’ah.This work and the developments since, and their relevance to the modern application of Islamic law, is the focus of my research.


‘Al-Tahir bin ‘Ashur’s Contribution to Islamic Legal Thought Through His Understanding of maqasid al-shari’ah’ at the Reforming Islamic Legal Thought Workshop Programme: 25th November 2014, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University.

'Configuring the Hadith Setting and its implication on Islamic jurisprudence' at the BRAIS Conference, London, 13-15 April 2015, . (Forthcoming)

'The Reformation Agenda: Perspectives on Maqasid al-Shari'ah', lecture at Markfield Institute, Leicester, 16 April 2015. (Forthcoming)

'Islamic Law and Human Rights: Towards a Common Goal?', at the Southern Law Conference, Portsmouth University, 1 May 2015.

'al-Tahir bin 'Ashur's Contribution to Maqasid al-Shari'ah: An Overview', SOAS PhD Symposium, , 21 May 2015.

'Maqasid and the Europeanization of Fiqh: The case of a female Muslim convert with her non-Muslim husband', Postgraduate Symposium, Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University, 29-31 May 2015.



Interests: Islamic law (generally). Specifically: Usul al-Fiqh (Islamic legal theory); Maqasid al-Shari’ah, and its role and development in the modern era and particularly al-Tahir bin ‘Ashur’s contribution; the Zahiri School of Law. Comparative aspects of Islamic law with human rights law and international humanitarian law. Fiqh al-mu’amalat al-maliyah (the jurisprudence of financial transactions).

Other related interests: Contemporary Islamic movements; the interplay between ethics and Islamic law.