This course seeks to address the rupture between the religious and social sciences by examining the content of curricula taught in the faculties of Shariah and Islamic Studies in Arab and Malaysian universities. It starts by addressing the importance of scientific tools of humanities and social sciences in understanding Fiqh, religious practice, and religious affiliation and their relationship to other social phenomena. In this context, the course focuses on three approaches that can enhance the quality of Shariah and Islamic studies education and bridge it to the social sciences: the cultivation of knowledge using the “separation, connection, and diverse action” approach, the “Maqasidi” approach, and the ethical approach to religion.
Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut, director of the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, and the head of its Islamic Studies program. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Journal of Sociology, Idafat. Hanafi is also the President of the International Sociological Association since 2018. Before that, he was Vice President and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Council for Social Sciences (2012 - 2016). He is also the founding director of the online portal on the social impact of scientific research on/from the Arab world (Athar). His most important books are: Arab Research and the Knowledge Society: A New Critical View (with R. Arvanitz) and "Addressing the rupture between the religious and social sciences: Is the morning coming soon?