Epistemology of Muslim religious sources and the construction of (normative) religious thought in Islam (Fiqh)

lsrel2250  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Epistemology of Muslim religious sources and the construction of (normative) religious thought in Islam (Fiqh)
4 credits
30.0 h
Younès Michel;
Main themes
This course focuses on the relationship between the referential Text of Islam in its two variations (Quran and Hadith) and on the different historical contexts which has conditioned it. The course studies the relationship between the two scriptural sources and then delves into the resulting evolutions of Islamic sciences, in relation to essential themes and questions which have animated the debates of Muslim thinkers.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course, the student should have
- mastered the basics of the foundations of Muslim religious learning: its referential sources and their origins, their natures, values and scopes;
- understood the production of religious knowledge and its evolutions: the emergence and methodologies of various Islamic sciences and their interrelationships;
- evaluated the development and modes of production of Muslim thought in light of historical discoveries and contemporary contexts.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
M. Arkoun, Lectures du Coran, 1ère éd. Paris 1982 (épuisée) ; 2e éd. Alif, Tunis, 1991.
R. Blachère, Le Coran. Traduction selon un essai de reclassement des sourates, Paris, éd. Maisonneuve, 1947.
M. Cuypers, Le Festin, une lecture de la sourate al-Mâ'ida, coll. «Rhétorique sémitique», Paris, Lethielleux, 2007.
A.-L. de Prémare. Les Fondations de l'islam. Entre écriture et histoire, Paris, Seuil, 2002.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies