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Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿah: Are We Measuring The Immeasurable?

Rafi Amir-ud-Din

Islamic Economic Studies, 2014, vol. 22-2, 1-32

Abstract: Islam takes a broad and encompassing view of human development and asserts the centrality of achieving the Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿah in all human activities. The existing development indices do not completely conform to the normative judgments of Islam regarding the concept of development especially because of their disproportionate emphasis on the material aspect of the development and their disregard for the dimensions which are crucial for the world hereafter. This highlights the need for an index which accommodates the dimensions which are consistent with Maqāṣid alSharīʿah. This paper seeks to explore the conception of Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿah as a measureable concept, identifies the indicators relevant to these Maqāṣid, and develops a tentative multidimensional index which makes a cross-country comparison within the OIC region.

Keywords: Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿah; Human Development Index; human wellbeing; multidimensional indices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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