Majallah al-Ahkaam al-Adliyyah

An Explanation of the Ottoman Courts Manual


Learn the contemporary application of Hanafi Fiqh in the Ottoman Courts
Learn the different modern classifications and terminologies pertaining to various transactions
The course consists of pre-recorded audio lessons, weekly Live Sessions and quizzes.

About the Course

Al-Majallah al-Ahkam al-Adaliyyah was the civil code of the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was the first attempt to codify a part of Islamic law of the Ottoman empire. The code was prepared by a commission headed by Ahmet Cevdet Pasha, issued in sixteen volumes (containing 1,851 articles) from 1869 to 1876 and entered into force in the year 1877. In its structure and approach it was clearly influenced by the earlier European codifications. Covering most areas of civil law, it exempted family law, which remained a domain of religious law. The substance of the code was based on the Hanafi legal tradition that enjoyed official status in the Empire, put into European code-form. However, it also incorporated other legal opinions that were considered more appropriate to the time, including from non-Hanafis. As the Majalla was eventually applied in the secular courts as well as in the Islamic courts of the Empire, Jews and Christians were for the first time subjected to Islamic law instead of their own law, but could now be called as witnesses in court. After the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the Majalla remained a lasting influence in most of its successor states . The Majallah was long-lasting in most places since it was effective, coherent, and difficult to dislodge. It remained in force in the following states: – Turkey until 1926 – Albania until 1928 – Lebanon until 1932 – Syria until 1949 – Iraq until 1953 – Cyprus until the 1960s – The British Mandate for Palestine and, later, Israel formally until 1984. The Majalla also remains the basis of civil law in Jordan and Kuwait.

Course Format

The course consists of supplementary pre-recorded audio lessons, weekly live sessions where selected topics are taught. Students are assessed through quizzes and a Final Examination and are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the Live Sessions.

Weekly Time Commitment

Outside the Live weekly Session’s, the course requires an estimated 2 hours per week to listen to the pre-recorded audio lessons, and an additional 1 hour to review the material and take notes.

Required Readings

Majallah al-Ahkaam al-Adliyyah

Recommended Background

No background is required: all are welcome


Who is this course essential for?

In short, all Hanafi Muslims who seeks to gain an understanding of modern contemporary application of Hanafi Fiqh.

What is the fee:

The course comprises of 200 hourly sessions over 40 weeks. 120$ until end of November 2018 and then $150 Per Month thereafter

Who are the Instructors?

Primary Instructor: Mufti Ismail Desai assisted by Mufti Ebrahim Desai

When does registration close?

You can join anytime.