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Islamic Law: The Future
J.D. Seminar 561 (cross-listed) | 3 credit hours
The seminar will address the basic question of how Islamic Law (Shari`a) can remain relevant and applicable in present Islamic societies, whether Muslims constitute the majority or minority of the population. Following an introduction to the nature, sources, and techniques of Shari`a, along with its main concepts, principles, and rules, the seminar will focus on the relationship between Shari`a and modern legal systems, and examine some of the social and cultural implications of adherence to Shari`a among Muslims today. Possible substantive aspects of Shari`a to be considered include transactions and contracts, banking and commercial law, family law and inheritance, and international law and human rights. The seminar will highlight and illustrate these issues in a range of countries where Muslims constitute the predominant majority of the population, and for Muslim minorities in Western countries. The seminar concludes with an overview and discussion of the future of Shari`a.
This course meets on the main campus. Main campus courses begin Wednesday, September 2, 2009. This class meets on Mondays, 2:15 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. The first class will meet on Wednesday, September 2 (an administrative Monday on the main campus). The class will not meet on Monday, September 14. Be aware this course may run on a different calendar than the Law Center during weeks where there is a holiday. Please take this into consideration when creating your schedule so that you have flexibility to attend the class on a different day, but at the same time. See the schedule of courses on the Main Campus Registrar's Webpage for room assignments at www.georgetown.edu/registrar. Law Center students may register only through the Law Center's registration system.