Undergraduate Module Descriptor
ARA2132: Islamic Law and Society
This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)
|Available via distance learning|
This module focuses on the Islamic legal system – both in the theory of how jurists have conceived of it, and the practice – how it has been implemented in courts and by modern national states. It covers the various elements of Islamic law from its early beginnings to its contemporary manifestations, and will involve a reading of Islamic legal texts to identify the legal dynamics of their composition and the practical implications of their implementation. In the module students will study some of the legal issues which have emerged in the modern period from the introduction of Islamic law in both the Muslim-majority world and Europe. The focus is on identifying those issues where the implementation of Shari’a might be problematic, and investigate how Muslim lawgivers and thinkers have proposed solutions to these problems.