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⚫ What is SKIL?
⚫ Motive behind SKIL development
⚫ SKIL and Web2
⚫ Features of SKIL
⚫ Competitive edges of SKIL
⚫ SKIL’s scalability and expandability
⚫ Targeted users
⚫ Business model
⚫ The way forward

What is SKIL?

SKIL is a Semantic Knowledge-base for Islamic Law (Fiqh). It is the first-of-its-kind computerized Fiqh version. SKIL uses innovative artificial intelligence techniques that maintain the semantic relationships among Fiqh rulings, and thereby enable intelligent machine-processing of Fiqh knowledge. SKIL users can explore Fiqh topics, study some of them selectively, and ask intelligent questions. Furthermore, SKIL provides an integrated educational platform for studying Fiqh and related topics in a selective and user-friendly manner.

This is the experimental version of SKIL. I am excited to introduce an innovative educational solution- modern, efficient, and logical. With SKIL, you will find a different approach for classifying knowledge, coherent connections between various aspects of Fiqh, and a new presentation style. I ask Allah, SWT, that SKIL will achieve a quality leap in the way people learn and study Fiqh.

     P.S. The above two paragraphs are repeated in the welcoming page of SKIL for those who skipped this introduction.

Motive behind SKIL development

Internet is perhaps the most influential technology that changed our life. Many applications have already migrated to the internet, including educational, recreational, financial, and services provision applications. Nonetheless, Islamic sciences have yet to benefit from this technological revolution. Despite the fact that many Islamic books can be found over the internet, the material of these books still keeps the same classical presentation style.

SKIL recasts Islamic knowledge to suit internet themes, and thus provides a genuine online solution for acquiring and developing knowledge.

SKIL and Web2

SKIL is powered with a novel, patent-pending ontology that utilizes a Usul-based model.

Initially, the web used to store data using databases that contain gigantic amounts of data and many repeated instances of the same term. Search engines use keywords to extract the desired paragraphs from databases, leading to substantial redundancy. Google search engine, for example, generates many pages of results, which require significant time and effort to locate the desired data. Smart links between semantically related pieces of data are missing in this scheme.

Web2 (the Semantic Web) has been introduced to overcome the above problem by providing semantic links, alongside data, in a machine-processable format. Ontologies have emerged as platforms for semantic representation. SKIL is powered with a novel, patent-pending ontology that utilizes a Usul-based model.

Features of SKIL

SKIL provides the following features:

Competitive edges of SKIL

SKIL eliminates the serial notion of knowledge presentation and instead provides selective browsing through a multi-dimensional semantic network.

SKIL’s scalability and expandability

SKIL can be scaled up/down to: SKIL can be expanded to:

Targeted users

Business model

SKIL can be marketed through a subscription-based model through the participating universities and educational institutes to their users. Authorized users can access SKIL through cloud computing. A points-rewarding system can be applied for value-add queries that contribute to the growth of SKIL.

SKIL can also be included as a built-in app in smart phones and tablets.

If you are interested in SKIL and/or have queries about it, please email Dr Ahmed Mabrouk,

The way forward

At present, a prototype of SKIL is available that demonstrates the capabilities of SKIL through a limited number of Fiqh rulings and Fiqh rules. The next step is to collaborate with universities/institutes to convert selected Fiqh books, and/or encyclopedias into smart computerized versions for educational and research purposes.

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