This course is an introduction to Islamic legal theories and their history, focusing both on classical and contemporary applications of Islamic law. This course illustrates the ancient and modern Schools of Islamic law, the opposition movements, and the traditions. It will analyze the relationship between religion and law, state and religion and politics and law in Islam. The course provides an overview of modernist legislation. It analyzes the differences between Islamic radicalism, traditionalism, and modernism and their impact on Islamic legal theories. The course introduces students to comparative studies and practical legal problems which lawyers may face when working with Muslim clients. It provides an overview of Islamic law approaches to contracts, property, family, inheritance, criminal and penal law, constitution, human rights, mediation and arbitration.
Grading: Letter graded. The evaluation will be: class participation and attendance (20%), research paper and presentation in the middle of the semester (40%) and final exam (40%).
Taught by: Hassan Mohamud ’02
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