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Two Shi‘i Jurisprudential Methodologies to Address Medical and Bioethical Challenges

The legal-ethical dynamism in Islamic law which allows it to respond to the challenges of modernity is said to reside in the institution of ijtihād (independent legal thinking and hermeneutics). However, jurists like Mohsen Kadivar and Ayatollah Faḍlalla have argued that the “traditional ijtihād” paradigm has reached its limits of …

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Video: Is Khums Obligated on Me?

“Khums” literally means “one-fifth” (or 20%). In Islamic legal terminology, it means “one-fifth of certain items which a person acquires as wealth, which must be paid as an Islamic tax”. The Qur’an mentions this tax in Surah Anfal verse number 41: “Know that whatever thing you acquire as profit, a fifth of it …

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