5th AJI Research Frontline Seminar on "Collective Ijtihad in Islamic Law as an Instrument for Trans-border Consensus Making: Research Prospects"
On June 18, 2019, the 5th AJI Research Frontline Seminar was held, and Dr. Fukiko Ikehata (JSPS Research Fellow / Project Researcher at Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Research Organization) gave a presentation entitled "Collective Ijtihad in Islamic Law as an Instrument for Trans-border Consensus Making: Research Prospects". She reported on the new interpretations and consensus building in the field of Islamic law that are being developed around the world.
The Islamic world has been increasing its international presence since the latter half of the 20th century. In recent years there have been major issues about internal divisions such as the expansion of radical groups and so-called sectarian conflicts. Dr. Ikehata presented concrete examples of efforts aiming to form a new consensus through the practice of "collective legal interpretation". During the question and answer session, views from the floor were enthusiastically exchanged, including discussion on methodological issues related to the selection of cases.
Dr. Ikehata delivering her presentation.