MA in Islamic Law
Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)
Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline
Start of programme: September intake only
The MA in Islamic Law allows students to study Islamic law and its application in a broad range of legal areas, including Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic family law, Law of Islamic finance and human rights, as well as its relationship to society in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. All SOAS courses are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on courses offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners in their specialised fields.
To facilitate their study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Law and Legal Methods Pre-sessional Course in the September before they begin their MA.
Students are required to take at least two (2.0) units associated with their specialised MA. The following courses are associated with the Islamic Law specialisation:
- Critical Jurisprudence in Islamic Law and Society - 15PLAC176 (1 Unit)
- Economic Approaches to Law - 15PLAH030 (0.5 Unit)
- Foundations of Comparative Law - 15PLAH031 (0.5 Unit)
- Human Rights and Islamic Law - 15PLAC150 (1 Unit)
- Islamic Law - 15PLAC121 (1 Unit)
- Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PLAC130 (1 Unit)
- Law of Islamic Finance - 15PLAC159 (1 Unit)
- Religion & Comparative Constitutionalism - 15PLAH052 (0.5 Unit)
- Sociological Approaches to Law - 15PLAH032 (0.5 Unit)
All MA students are required to complete a Dissertation in Law - 15PLAC999 - (1 Unit)
Please note: Not all courses listed may be available every year.
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Application Deadline: 2015-03-20 17:00
Application Deadline: 2015-05-01 17:00
A Student's Perspective
Kate Van Akin - Harvard University, Law School
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