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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Islamic Law is central to Islam and is the blueprint for every part of life and every field of law – constitutional, international, criminal, civil, commercial and family law, as well as doctrine and worship, ethics, morality and manners.  An understanding of Islamic law provides valuable insight into Muslim culture and communities.  This course will look at the underlying principles of Islamic Law and examine the area of family law and the position of women in particular. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Dawoud El-Alami

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR305B Islamic Law and Ethics (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will look at the textual sources and historical development of the Shari'a with particular emphasis on its underlying principles.&nbsp &nbsp The course&nbsp will focus on the specific topic of family law:  marriage, divorce, custody and guardianship of children and succession as an area of great importance to the majority of Muslims. It will examine in detail the position of women in Islamic law and society.  It will go on to examine the application of Islamic Family Law in modern contexts – Codified and uncodified laws and legal systems in Muslim countries and the application of Shari’a amongst Muslim Communities in non-Muslim countries – with specific reference to the UK

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes


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