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School of Law

Islamic law (MA/LLM)

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The course presents an overview of Islamic law in its historical and contemporary aspects in the Muslim world, from a comparative perspective. Based on modern English-language scholarship, the course covers legal history and jurisprudential developments as well as contemporary applications of Islamic law. In its consideration of legal history and jurisprudence, the course focuses on contemporary scholarship and the critical theoretical debates currently underway in the field. Family law is a particular focus in the sections on contemporary applications, including material from UK courts as well as from the Middle East and South Asia.

Prof. Mashood Baderin talks about studying islamic law at SOAS, University of London

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

By the end of the course students should be familiar with a range of English-language scholarship on Islamic law and legal history, and should be able to:

  • Reflect critically on the issues raised in contemporary debates about Islamic law and shari`a;
  • Carry out independent research in the field of Islamic law;
  • undertake both written and oral analysis and debate on key issues in Islamic law.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 60% unseen examination and 40% coursework (one essay of 4000 words). All coursework may be resubmitted.