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School of Law

Islamic law 2: succession

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
Unit value:
Taught in:
Full Year

The law of succession at death including inheritance, legacies and administration. There are two principal aspects to the subject. In the first place candidates will be required to know the traditional Shari'a law of succession and such parts of the laws of marriage, divorce, legitimacy, gifts, etc. as are relevant to succession, according to the different schools and sects. Secondly, candidates will be required to know the law as it is currently applied in the two major areas of the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. This involves an appreciation of both the juristic basis and the extent of the reforms in the traditional law which have been recently introduced.

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 of succession in its historical development and modern application to different jurisdictions. 

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 100% unseen examination. No coursework may be resubmitted.