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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject deals with the philosophy of Islamic Law. In this subject students will explore some of the core principles of Islamic law (Shari'ah) and develop a working knowledge of the Islamic legal rulings (Hukm Sharia'ah). Students will examine the primary and secondary sources of Islamic law, Islamic legal traditions and formal reasoning in order to understand Islamic jurisprudence (usul a fiqh). Students will explore the scholarship in Islam, including the Islamic juridical models. Students may use the knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence to further understand its role in addressing the Sharia'ah compliance issues in the Islamic finance industry.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of Islamic JurisprudenceRecommendedMohammad Hashim, KamaliUK: ISLAMIC TEXTS SOCIETY, 2003.
ReadingsUnderstanding Islamic Law (Sharia'a)RecommendedRaj BhallaLEXISNEXIS, 2011.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Be able to describe the primary and secondary sources of Islamic Law (Sharia'ah)

Students will learn about the sources of Islamic Law through discussions, research and inquiry. Students' knowledge will be tested in the class presentations.

02. Be able to examine and apply to the fact situations the Islamic Law principles and compose a Sharia'ah compatible opinion which applies to relevant situations.

Student will discuss real and hypothetical case scenarios facilitated by the lecturer and will make individual or team presentations in class based on the case scenarios.

03. Be able to identify the scholarship in Islam, including the Islamic juridical models.

Students will discuss various situations to examine how Sharia'ah principles differ from the secular law and explore the principles underpinning Sharia'ah and Secular legal systems. Students' knowledge will be tested in the examination and in the class presentations.

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