Shatibi’s Theories of Knowledge as seen in his al-Muwafaqat: A Preliminary Study

By Ammar Fadzil, Ahmed el-Mogtaba Bannga and Afandi Awang Hamat.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This article aims to highlight Shatibi’s theory of knowledge according to his renowned work, al-Muwafaqat. Shatibi’s theory of knowledge is greatly influenced by his theory of maqasid (objectives of legal rulings). He pointed out a number of issues, namely types of knowledge, purposes of pursuing knowledge, transmission of knowledge and the role of reason vis-a-vis revelation. He also discusses the position of a learned person. In doing so, he employs a variety of legal evidence, especially the Qur’an and the hadith of the Prophet. This article argues that Shatibi’s conception of knowledge is relatively different from that of his predecessors and thus would enhance intellectual discussions on the theory of knowledge.

Keywords: Al-Shatibi, Knowledge, Qur’an, Hadith

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.231-238. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 588.370KB).

Dr. Ammar Fadzil

Assistant Professor, Dept of Qur'an and Sunnah Studies, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia

Lecturer at the Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies. Expert in Qur’anic Studies. Interested in various of Islamic subjects. Presented papers at International Conference and published few articles at refereed journal. Published a book on the Atanomy of the Qur’an.

Ahmed el-Mogtaba Bannga

Assistant professor, An assistant professor at the Department of Qur’an and Sunnah Studies at the International Islamic University Malaysia, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia

Graduated with PhD in Islamic Studies majoring in the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad. Active in writing academic articles and papers for International Conference. Has taught at the University of Holy Qur’an in Sudan and has supervised a number of postgraduate students.

Dr Afandi Awang Hamat

Assistant Professor, An assistant professor at the Department of Fiqh and Usul at the International Islamic University Malaysia., International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Specialised in Islamic Transactions. Graduated with PhD from IIUM in 2005. Also a member of Advisory in charge of Islamic Commercial Law for Public Islamic Bank Malaysia.

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