Section Information for Spring 2017
Islamic Law, or shariah, is one of the most misunderstood concepts in contemporary discussions about Islam. Shariah constitutes a complete system of religious rituals, social norms, and ethical principles. This course will introduce students to the breadth of Islamic legal, social, and ethical traditions and practices which constitute what Muslims mean by shariah. The course will examine the history and development of Islamic law, its rulings regarding ritual, commerce/economics, family law, and criminal law. The final section of the course will explore contemporary debates about the interaction of Islamic law with Western notions of human rights, democracy, secularization and globalization.
FULFILLS THE CHSS NON-WESTERN CULTURE REQUIREMENT