264.93 sec. 1 - Introduction to Islamic Law (Spring 2014)
Instructor: Babak Khadem
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Meeting Time: MTu 3:35-6:05
Meeting Location: 123
Course Start: January 27, 2014
Course End: February 25, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49813
This course provides an introduction to Islamic law (fiqh/shari’ah) and Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh). The course considers the historical development of Islamic law, as well as the institutional structures in which it formed. Attention will be given to the sources of Islamic law, the emergence of differing “schools” of law, and the fundamental changes that occurred during the transition to modernity, when nation states emerged throughout the Muslim world. Various domains of the positive law will be considered, including ritual, family law, commercial law (including Islamic finance), and the laws governing international relations, conflict, and rebellion. Comparisons and contrasts will be made, as appropriate, to the parallel concepts and phenomena within Roman and Anglo-American law.
Ali Rod Khadem holds a JD from Berkeley Law, where he was a member of the California Law Review, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Islamic Studies at Harvard University. He has completed a federal judicial clerkship, and has spent several years at international law firms in New York and Beijing (where he practiced finance, Islamic finance, and mergers and acquisitions). He has published several articles on Islamic law and history, and knows fluent Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, and French.
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