Islamic Law Instructors

*Course details and instructors are subject to change.


Early Islamic Law, Ahmad Atif Ahmad – University of California (Santa Barbara)

The course covers how Shaybani's Fifty-Seven Tracts known collectively as al-Mabsut are previewed as the founding texts of Islamic jurisprudence, which urged Ahmed Atif to start reading the Digest of Justinian seriously, and to ask how modern Islamic jurisprudence of the Sanhuri brand may or may not be distinct from the old jurisprudence. The course will discuss market and social standards, government, individual consent and its limits, in relation to Shaybani.

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Case Law, Mohamed Serag – The American University in Cairo

To understand Islamic law, role of courts should be integrated in methodology. Cases, establishing precedent and elucidating principles of law, constitute how developments happened from the earliest periods of Islam. In this course, students will be given cases where they can derive the facts, rules, and principles that judgments were based upon. 

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Post Colonial Islamic Law, Sarah Eltantawi – Evergreen State College

This course will cover post-colonial Islamic law and Legal systems that are resurrected quickly – such as in Nigeria. Students will discuss gender and the global reaction to these resurgences of Islamic law, and take a look at the legal reasoning at work in these contexts. 

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Brian Wright

Criminal Law, Brian Wright - McGill University

Criminal law is where the role of jurists, state power and local circumstances combine. Justice is the underlying principle that guides Islamic criminal law through its theory and practice. By exploring how scholars understood the concept of justice, students can trace how the law changed over time and adapted to new contexts.

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