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Salaam alaykum,

We are very proud to present the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies.

The Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies (BLIIS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2017 and is based in Berkeley, California. It was founded with the goal of promoting scholarship on Islam and Islamic cultures both historical and contemporary. The institute’s academic research on Islam includes a broad range of academic disciplines from theology to law, and from anthropology to political science.

The institute encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of Islam. Within the Islamic tradition, the institute promotes research on those areas which have had relatively little attention devoted to them in Western academia to date. These include the intellectual and literary expressions of Islam in general.

As a new kind of online academic institution, the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies is aimed at a high-visibility context and its digital platform makes the institute cost-effective for high-value content compared to traditional academic departments.

Our website has been launched. You can access our academic research and essays for free here: http://www.bliis.org/

For general inquiries, please email admin@bliis.org or message our Facebook page.

"Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army."

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Check out my latest research papers and essays for BLIIS:

Sri Lanka: The Axis Mundi and the Cradle of Mankind
http://www.bliis.org/research/sri-lanka-adam-peak/

Jordan Peterson and Islam
http://www.bliis.org/essay/jordan-peterson-islam/

What Traditional Muslims Should Learn From the Nation of Islam
http://www.bliis.org/…/traditional-muslims-learn-nation-is…/

Historicizing Sufism: A Critique of Marshall Hodgson on Muslim Personal Piety
http://www.bliis.org/research/hodgson-sufism/

Article Review: “The Crisis of the Imamate and the Institution of Occultation in Twelver Shiʿism”
http://www.bliis.org/…/arjomand-imamate-occultation-twelve…/

The Transmigration of Souls in Imāmī Shīʿism
http://www.bliis.org/research/transmigration-souls/

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:salam:

My article was published on BLIIS today. It can be read here: http://www.bliis.org/research/imami-legal-theory-benefits-and-harms/

Title: The Principle Of “Laws Are Subordinate To Benefits & Harms” In Imāmī Shīʿi Legal Theory And Its Implication In Non-Ritualistic Law

Abstract: Shīʿi jurisprudence is centered on the theological presumption that divine laws are subordinate to benefits and harms (al-aḥkām tābiʿah lil-maṣāliḥ wa al-mafāsid). While the theoretical discussions underpinning this principle are not overly disputed, issues arise from the recognition that the derivation of law is not fundamentally concerned with real law (al-ḥukm al-wāqiʿī), but rather with apparent law (al-ḥukm al-ẓāhirī). How one ascertains the consideration of benefits and harms within apparent law – whose very nature entails the possibility of error – is a challenge to which several Imāmī Shīʿi jurists have dedicated numerous pages. Many have proffered theories for reconciliation between real and apparent law – theories which are contingent on the principle of al-ishtirāk bayn al-ʿālim wa al-jāhil. This principle states that real laws are legislated by God for both those who are aware of, as well as ignorant of the law. If this principle is invalidated, then the discussion on reconciling real and apparent law is deemed irrelevant; in such a case, knowledge of a law would become a precondition considered during divine legislation. This conclusion would alter the course of discussion to a more critical discourse concerning the perception of benefits and harms; whether such perceptions constitute knowledge; and how they guide and determine what the law ought to be. If it were possible to establish a probative method to ascertain benefits and harms, it would become the task of a jurist to ensure that laws – at least those of a non-ritualistic nature – always remain subordinate to them.

Wasalam

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On 12/13/2018 at 9:12 AM, Qa'im said:

The Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies (BLIIS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2017 and is based in Berkeley, California. It was founded with the goal of promoting scholarship on Islam and Islamic cultures both historical and contemporary. The institute’s academic research on Islam includes a broad range of academic disciplines from theology to law, and from anthropology to political science.

The institute encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of Islam. Within the Islamic tradition, the institute promotes research on those areas which have had relatively little attention devoted to them in Western academia to date. These include the intellectual and literary expressions of Islam in general.

As a new kind of online academic institution, the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies is aimed at a high-visibility context and its digital platform makes the institute cost-effective for high-value content compared to traditional academic departments.

Our website has been launched. You can access our academic research and essays for free here: http://www.bliis.org/

Salam, Brother. May Allah protect you, downpour His blessings upon you, and make you succeed in all your Islamic endeavors. 

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