SOAS University of London

School of Law

MA Islamic Law (2019 entry)

  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning

Overview

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, and human rights, and in different jurisdictions, as well as law in its relationship to society in the Middle East and North Africa. All SOAS modules 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 modules 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.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • Minimum second class honours preferably in a related discipline

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Convenors

Structure

To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules.  Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised MA, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the MA Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the MA specialisation.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Dissertation

Students must complete a Dissertation (12,000 words) in Law, which should be on a topic relating to their chosen MA specialism.

Module Code Credits Term
MA Dissertation in Law 15PLAC999 60 Full Year
Taught Component
Pre-sessional Component
Module Code Credits Term
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Term 1
AND

Choose modules from the List A below to the value of 60 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List A or General Law Options below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of General Law Options below or from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
List A
Module Code Credits Term
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets 15PLAC159 30 Full Year
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
Gender, Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH056, Not running 2021/22 15
General Law Options
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gender, Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH056, Not running 2021/22 15
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
International Human Rights Clinic 15PLAC145 30 Full Year
International Investment Law 15PLAH063 15 Term 1
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 2
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 30 Full Year
Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 1
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Term 1
International Migration Law 15PLAH068 15 Term 2
International Refugee Law 15PLAH069 15 Term 1
Law and Society in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Mapping International Law in London - International Legal Geography in the Capital of Empire 15PLAH072 15
Law, Environment and Social Justice 15PLAH067 15 Term 1
Law and Justice in Contemporary China 15PLAH071 15
Climate Change Law and Policy 15PLAC154 15 Term 2
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Comparative Constitutional Law 15PLAH046 15 Term 2
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
Human Rights of Women 15PLAC112 30 Full Year
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 15 Term 1
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 15 Term 1
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies 15PLAC123 30 Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunal 15PLAH026
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 2
Islamic Law in Global Financial Markets 15PLAC159 30 Full Year
Israel, Palestine, and International Law (30Cr) 15PLAC133 30 Full Year
Multinational Enterprises and the Law 15PLAC140
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
World Trade Organisation Law 15PLAH038
Water Justice: Rights, Access and Movements (Law) 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
Intellectual Property Law (PG) 15PLAC182 30 Full Year
Human Rights of Women 15PLAH065 15 Term 1
Law and Global Commons 15PLAH070 15 Term 2
International Environmental Law I: Principles, Institutions & Enforcement 15PLAH073 15 Term 1
International Environmental Law II: Biodiversity, Wildlife & Habitats 15PLAH074 15 Term 2
Water and Development: Commodification, Ecology and Globalisation (Law) 15PLAH076 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises and the Law I 15PLAH077 15 Term 1
Multinational Enterprises and the Law II 15PLAH078 15 Term 2
Business and Human Rights in the Global Economy 15PLAH079 15 Term 1
Comparative Company Law 15PLAH080 15 Term 2
Israel, Palestine and International Law 15PLAH081 15
Palestine, Resistance, and the Law 15PLAH082 15
Alternative Dispute Resolution I 15PLAH083 15 Term 1
Alternative Dispute Resolution II 15PLAH084 15 Term 2
International laws on the use of force 15PLAH020 15 Term 1
Gender and the Law of War 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
Open Options Note

Open options from cross-Faculty list will need approval of deputy PG programme convenor (LLM or MA)

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Contact Hours

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Knowledge & Understanding

  • Students will acquire specialist knowledge of Islamic law.
  • This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, knowledge and understanding of the following:
    1. the theoretical and practical underpinnings of Islamic law;
    2. the context in which law is made, interpreted, adjudicated, and amended;
    3. the role played by law, particularly Islamic law in different areas;
    4. the role and function of legal institutions in managing Islamic law
    5. the weight and significance of different sources and methodologies     
  • - Students will develop knowledge of how to locate relevant materials and assess their relevance and/or importance.

Intellectual (thinking) Skills

  • Students should develop rigor in analysis and assessment of legal arguments.
  • Students should develop the ability to understand, summarise and critically assess differing perspectives on theoretical debates.
  • Students should develop independence of thought and the confidence to challenge the accepted wisdom.
  • Students should learn to identify issues and formulate questions for further research through independent work.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring to bear their own previous experience and knowledge in addressing legal issues in an interdisciplinary manner.

Subject-based Practical Skills

The programme will help students develop the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Research in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes and online, and retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers and defend the arguments therein.
  • Discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Develop essay and dissertation research questions.
  • Read legal source materials rapidly and critically.
  • Present legal arguments in moots and debates.

Transferable Skills

The programme will enable students to:

  • Write clear research essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas and arguments effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend significant quantities of reading rapidly and effectively and develop critical faculties.
  • Find and use a variety of written and digital materials, especially legal materials, in libraries and research institutes.
  • Present (non – assessed) material orally.
  • Develop teamwork skills.

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