Courses 2008 - 2009
LAW E 560 Contemporary Muslim Legal Systems Seminar
Credits: 2-6, Variable
In the Muslim world today, many governments are trying to establish legal systems that ensure economic development and the protection of human rights while ensuring that their law continues to reflect ‘Islamic norms.’ This seminar provides a forum in which students with some background in Islamic law can engage in sustained research and writing on this phenomenon. After reading literature analyzing this phenomenon, students will write a major research paper on a topic of their choosing. Among other subjects, students in the past have used the class to test assumptions about nation-building, legal transplantation, economic harmonization, the rule of law, Islamic law or human rights in the Muslim world. Pre-requisite: LAW B 556 Islamic Law or instructor’s permission.