Introduction to Islamic Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
05 August 2019


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Module description

Islamic law (Shariah) refers to the set of legal rules that governs Muslim society and regulates different aspect of it. Due to the significance of Islamic Law, Muslim majority countries have adopted particular systems of regulation for specific sectors such as the financial sector or administration of justice.

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of Islamic Law. The teaching team comprises academic members of staff who are recognised Islamic Law experts.

Module aims

The module aims to familiarise you with basics of Islam law in different areas ranging from Islamic family law, Islamic justice and criminal law, Islamic finance and human rights from Islamic Perspective. The students will learn about the Islamic law in different fields with focus on theoretical thoughts and contemporary examples of different countries. The module is suggested to students who would like to learn about basic concepts of Islamic law and their applications in the contemporary world.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you will have gained:

1- A critical understanding of key concepts and approaches of Islamic law;

2- A clear understanding of the fundamental challenges of Islamic law in the contemporary world.

3- An ability to analyse and evaluate differing opinions on legal and ethical argument.

4- Various skills in critical thinking, leading a group presentation, debating and writing a critical informed essay.

Module information

LW359 offers a foundational knowledge of Islamic Law. This is an inter-disciplinary module with focus on socio- legal aspects of Islamic Law in the contemporary world.
The first part of the module provides an overview of the history of Islamic law, its nature and its continuous developments with the requirements of modern society. It then addresses the main sources, methods and principles of Islamic law.
The second part of the module focuses on particular legal sectors such as Islamic family law, Islamic financial law, introduction to human rights from Islamic Law and application of Islamic Law in Diaspora.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching and learning on this module consists of interactive lectures, group work and presentations. It also requires your regular reading. The teaching comprises a weekly two-hours lecture.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Summative Essay

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sahar Maranlou, Mr Mohammed Alshaleel
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Christopher Lloyd
Oxford Brookes University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
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0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
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