This course will be assessed by a written two day take-home, open book exam.
Grading will be guided by the Learning Outcomes specified above, special attention should be paid to the testable criteria listed in the goal descriptions under the heading 'Competencies.'
There are no linguistic or disciplinary prerequisites, all material is in English, necessary terms will be explained in class and a glossary provided.
Given the complexities of its historical and dogmatic genesis, the study of Islamic law can be a forbidding prospect for those setting out to enter this field. The inherent intricacies of the subject are confounded by an increasingly polarised political and scholarly debate surrounding political Islam, in which demands for religious law often take central stage. This course will seek to reduce these hurdles as much as possible.
Students will have to answer two questions out of six, thus accommodating to some degree personal preferences. The exam is aimed to motivate a renewed engagement with the course material and to cement the retention of the stated Learning Outcomes.
Material for this course will be electronically made available. In addition, the following textbooks are useful:
Hallaq, Wael B. An Introduction to Islamic Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Coulson, Noel J. A History of Islamic Law. The Hague: Aldine De Gruyter, 2011.
Hallaq, Wael B. The Origins and Evolution of Islamic Law. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005.
Menski, Werner, and David Pearl. Muslim Family Law. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1998.
Saleem, Mohammad Yusuf. Islamic Commercial Law. London: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Chibli Mallat. “Commercial Law in the Middle East: Between Classical Transactions and Modern Business.” American Journal of Comparative Law (2000).