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