JJUB55137U Islamic Law
This course focuses on historical and contemporary issues in Islamic law. The purpose of the course is make students familiar with key concepts and debates in Islamic legal practice and scholarship. To this end, at the beginning the course examines the key concepts and issues from a historical account.
These issues include, among others, the sources of Islamic law, legislation in Islamic law, the origins and influences on Islamic law, Islamic law and animals, the family law in Islamic legal scholarship, finance in Islamic legal traditions, and the law in the Ottoman Empire. The histiographical approach is necessary in order to unpack any taken for granted assumptions concerning the topics covered.
The second half of the course concentrates on the contemporary practices of Islamic law and its influences on the legal systems both in Islamic and western societies. The regional focus covers Southeast Asia, Iran, Turkey, North America, Western Europe, and Austrialia. The contemporary focus also extends to issues of human rights and constitutions in Islamic law.
Knowledge: that which the students explain key concepts and debates in Islamic legal practice and scholarship and historical development of those concepts and debates as well as the relevance of Islamic legal tradition in contemporary legal structures
Skills: that which the students can critically and analytically read complex material on legal scholarship and research; examine the development of a legal norm or issue from a historical account; to compare different applications of Islamic law in different countries; give constructive feedback to their peers
Competence: that which the students has competences on creating a research project by finding out a problem in the literature and an appropriate method to solve that problem.
The course mainly benefits from the following books:
Anver M. Emon and Rumee Ahmed (eds. 2015), Oxford Handbook of
Islamic Law, Oxford University Press: Oxford, online edition. DOI:
Wael Hallaq (2009). An introduction to Islamic law. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentIndividual written assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Hand-in date: October 26, 2018
Hand-in date: January 23, 2019