Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2132: Islamic Law and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

You will learn the basics of Islamic law in different fields ranging from family law to criminal law. It will acquaint you with the various theoretical underpinnings of Islamic law. You will also learn how Islamic law is applied in different countries. The module has been developed for lawyers and will focus on the development of legal skills and expertise which will be relevant in the professional world. The main aim of the module is indeed to empower those of you who are not familiar with Islamic law with the competence to understand the meaning of Islamic legal terms and documents.

The module is recommended to anyone who wishes to learn the basics about Islamic law, from a practitioner or an academic perspective. The accent will be set on developing a critical stance to the existing legal documents, courts’ approaches and academic commentaries.


There is no pre-requisite or co-requisite to take this module, and is recommended for inter-disciplinary pathways

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate an understanding of this specialist area of law by applying relevant knowledge of Islamic law to argue persuasively during seminars and in assessments;
2. select and exemplify rules of Islamic law to analyse and apply accurate commentary on given situations
3. appraise issues pertaining to the enforcement of Islamic law in various contexts by contrasting and selecting solutions, applying those to previously unseen cases;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. assess legal situations and case law with a professional eye in order to advise clients or judges;
5. demonstrate critical understanding of comparative and alternative frameworks for analysing legal problems;
6. recognise and deploy contrasting legal and ethical arguments;
Personal and Key Skills7. demonstrate problem-solving skills and be able to identify key issues to analyse them logically and be competent in making reasoned choices or reaching a conclusion based on the given facts.
8. assess and compare information from relevant sources to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of current affairs, with an aim to evaluate the content in class and during seminars
9. research and analyse independently and in a group