Functions of Astrofiqh Observatories in Malaysia in Solving Astrofiqh Issues

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This article discusses the role of astrofiqh observatories in Malaysia in solving current issues concerning the astrofiqh field. Astrofiqh observatories also play the role of managing affairs of Muslim rituals related to falak (astronomy). Fewer studies have been done on astrofiqh observatories as compared to other Islamic institutions such as mosques and Islamic schools. Hence, this study is carried out with the aim of analyzing the role of astrofiqh observatories in Malaysia in solving current astrofiqh issues. In addition, this study also indirectly deliberates the history of existence and development of the observatories. This study employed a qualitative approach based on primary and secondary sources through the method of document analysis, interviews and observations. Results of the study found that there are five astrofiqh observatories in Malaysia which function as official sites for crescent or hilal sighting, research centers, education institutions and tourism destinations, simultaneously playing the role of solving current astrofiqh issues related to Muslims. The astrofiqh observatory institutions in Malaysia also give the Muslim community the exposure to understanding Islamic astronomy holistically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-119
Number of pages8
JournalMediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume6
Issue number1S1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Keywords

  • Astrofiqh
  • Astronomical instruments
  • Astrotourism
  • Hilal observation
  • Observatory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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