RLGS 313 Islamic Law

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RLGS 313 Islamic Law
This course deals with the principles, concepts, methodology, and characteristics of the Islamic law, and its role in the modern Muslim communities. It also examines the main schools of Islamic law and their differences. Moreover, the course handles the issues concerned with the human rights, rights of non-Muslims and minorities in Muslim societies, criminal law, gender issues etc. From the perspective of Islamic law. The objective, of course, is to provide students with the knowledge of origins of Islamic law and some challenges posed to the authenticity of its foundational texts, and juristic discourse and legal practice in the pre-modern and modern periods. Introduction to Islamic Law, The origins of Islamic law, Authenticity of foundational texts, Methodology and characteristics of Islamic law, Was al-Shāfiʿī the founder of legal theory? Al-Shafiʿī’s al-Risāla, Al-Muzanī’s Mukhtaṣar, Islamic Legal Practice in the Pre-modern Period, Islamic Law in the modern period: Family law and commercial law, Human rights and the rights of non-Muslims, Criminal law, Gender issues, Can the Shariah be restored?