Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

RELI 379: Islamic Law, Society, and Ethics

RELI 379-001: Islamic Law Society Ethics
(Spring 2017)

Robinson B442

Section Information for Spring 2017

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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

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces foundational sources and principles of Islamic Law or shariah. Examines the historical development and application of Islamic law, its role in Muslim societies, and its relationship to Islamic social ideals and ethical discourse. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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