Minority Fiqh (Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat)

  • Adis Duderija
  • Halim Rane
Part of the New Directions in Islam book series (NDI)


This chapter addresses the scholarly discourse concerning Islamic jurisprudence for Muslim minorities in the West, also known as fiqh al aqalliyyat or minority fiqh for short. It examines the broader context, origins, theory, and criticisms of this juristic discourse, which has gained considerable scholarly attention among Muslims in the West around the turn of the century. The chapter highlights that minority fiqh does not have immediate relevance to all or even the majority of Muslims in the West who are for the most part ignorant of or indifferent to the kind of arguments and responses the discourse generates and juristic questions and methodologies which underpin them. It explains that even those Muslims in the West who do take these discussions more seriously tend to adopt and select certain views over others on a basis of several considerations and factors, not all of which can be traced back to particular methodological or normative commitments. In this regard, the chapter puts into perspective notions that Muslims in the West are actively seeking the implementation of Islamic law or even that most seek to live their lives according to a formal Islamic jurisprudential framework.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adis Duderija
    • 1
  • Halim Rane
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Humanities, Languages and Social ScienceGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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