Islamic Law - LAW 263

This course introduces students to the field of Islamic Law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts, and terminology of Islamic Law. Islamic Law is one of the oldest and most significant systems of Law in the contemporary age. The course will focus on the history, theory, and the role of Islamic Law in the contemporary age. The course will be divided into two main parts: The first will deal with Islamic Law in the classical context while the second will examine the role of Islamic Law in the contemporary age. This course will begin by considering the question: “Why study Islamic Law?” It will then proceed to the history and theory of the Islamic Legal System with special emphasis on the development of the various schools of thought in Islamic Law. The course will place Islamic Law in a comparative context and investigate whether the methodologies, processes, and purposes of Islamic Jurisprudence are fundamentally different from other major world legal systems. The second half of the course will survey Islamic Commercial, Criminal, and Family Laws, and their influence on the modern age. Furthermore, Islamic Public International Law, Human Rights, and Islamic Law will be examined.
Language of Instruction: Arabic (legal terms, however, are also given in English and French).