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Fall 2017 Religion GU4322 section 001
EXPLORING SHARIA: ISLAMIC LAW
SHARIA

Call Number 07147
Day & Time
Location
W 4:10pm-6:00pm
202 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Points 4
Approvals Required None
Instructor Najam I Haider
Type SEMINAR
Course Description The platform of every modern Islamist political party calls for the implementation of the sharia. This term is invariably (and incorrectly) interpreted as an unchanging legal code dating back to 7th century Arabia. In reality, Islamic law is an organic and constantly evolving human project aimed at ascertaining God's will in a given historical and cultural context. This course offers a detailed and nuanced look at the Islamic legal methodology and its evolution over the last 1400 years. The first part of the semester is dedicated to classical Islamic jurisprudence, concentrating on the manner in which jurists used the Qur'an, the Sunna (the model of the Prophet), and rationality to articulate a coherent legal system. The second part of the course focuses on those areas of the law that engender passionate debate and controversy in the contemporary world. Specifically, we examine the discourse surrounding Islamic family (medical ethics, marriage, divorce, women's rights) and criminal (capital punishment, apostasy, suicide/martyrdom) law. The course concludes by discussing the legal implications of Muslims living as minorities in non-Islamic countries and the effects of modernity on the foundations of Islamic jurisprudence.
Web Site CourseWorks
Department Religion @Barnard
Enrollment 11 students (16 max) as of 11:37PM Thursday, September 21, 2017
Subject Religion
Number GU4322
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Professional Studies, Global Programs, Graduate School of Arts and Science, School of the Arts, International and Public Affairs, Barnard, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20173RELI4322W001

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