THE MEANING OF MAṢLAḤA, AND ITS PLACE IN SUNNI POLITICAL THOUGHT
As part of the HERA-funded research project Understanding the Shari’a: Past Perfect, Imperfect present, professor Mohmmad Fadel will give a keynote public lecture in Bergen on how the concept of “welfare” has found its place in Sunni Islam.
Mohmmad Fadel, University of Toronto.
What is God’s intention in creating the Sharīʿa? This theme has been discussed in Islamic law for centuries, and one important answer has been: To promote maṣlaḥa, public or individual welfare. Classical scholars and modern reformers have focused on this concept as a way both to explain the rules of law, and how to interpret them, either in light of basic concepts or of changing circumstances from one epoch to another. Can maṣlaḥa welfare e.g. be linked to ideas of “good governance” or “legitimate politics” (siyāsa sharʿīya)?