Law 549 - Introduction to Islamic Law
Khaled M. Abou El Fadl
J.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1989
Ph.D. Islamic Studies, Princeton, 1999
This seminar introduces students to the field of Islamic law. It is designed to give students a firm grounding in the principles, concepts and terminology of Islamic law. Islamic law is one of the oldest and most significant systems of law in the world. We will study the history, theory and the role of Islamic law in comparative jurisprudence. No previous familiarity with the field is necessary and there are no course prerequisites. All readings will be in English.
The course will be divided into two main parts: the first will deal with Islamic law in the classical context while the second will examine the role of Islamic law in the contemporary age. We will begin by considering the question of “Why study Islamic law?” We will then move on to the history and theory of the Islamic legal system with a special emphasis on the development of the various schools of thought in Islamic law. In the second half of the course we will survey Islamic commercial, criminal and family laws and their influence on the modern age. Furthermore, we will examine Islamic public international law, human rights and Islamic law and the Muslim minority in the United States. Attendance and participation are mandatory. Substantial Analytical Writing (SAW) requirement could be fulfilled.
|Khaled Abou El Fadl||16S||549||SEM 1||T 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM||3.0||No||No|
|Textbook for Spring 2016 SEM 1|
Abou El Fadl, Khaled. Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age
ISBN: 9780742552326. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. REQUIRED $50.00
Abou El Fadl, Khaled. Speaking in God's Name: Islamic Law, Authority and Women
ISBN: 9781851682621. Oneworld Publications. REQUIRED $30.00
Abou El Fadl, Khaled. The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists
ISBN: 9780061189036. HarperOne. REQUIRED $14.99
Hallaq, Wael B. An Introduction to Islamic Law
ISBN: 9780521678735. Cambridge University Press. REQUIRED $39.99