1:685:457 Islamic Law and Jurisprudence - Synopsis (3 credits)

Instructor: Atiya Aftab, Esq.
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Pre-requisites: None

Course Description
This course will be a general overview of Islamic law and jurisprudence. We will introduce the student to the history, sources and methodology of Islamic law and jurisprudence. We will learn the principles and the sources of Islamic law, namely the Quran and the Sunnah. We will also learn about the secondary sources of Islamic law. The course will use a combination of historical and doctrinal perspectives to understand and analyze the development of Islamic Jurisprudence and the law that was created from this legal system. The second half of the course will be an application of Islamic jurisprudence in the context of family law, human rights and comparative interpretative methodologies. This part of the course will touch on the challenges of the Islamic legal system with modernity and will we relate this system with some contemporary topics.

Course Learning Goals

A central focus of this course is to help students develop their ability to analyze a fact pattern in the style commonly used in a law school or bar examination question, employing the traditional legal format of IRAC – identify the Issue/s, understand and apply the Rule, analyze the issues in relation to the rule/s and draw Conclusion/s.

This course is certified for the Core Curriculum and meets the following learning goals:

Discipline-Based Writing and Communication [WCd]
• Communicate effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry.

*Credit will not be given for both this course and 01:790:457

Required Texts
Please refer to full course syllabus.


Attendance, Reflections, and Participation 20%
Mid-Term (Part 1 & 2) 50%
Final Examination 30%