Classical Islamic Law
The course explores legal interpretation in the classical Islamic tradition. It explores the factors that shaped the laws and role and nature of textual interpretation. The course also considers case-studies selected from among the following topics: gender, ritual, privacy, relations with non-Muslims, commercial law, and the obligation to forbid wrong and enjoin right. Elements used in grading: Participation (50%) and final paper (50%). Cross-listed with Religious Studies (RELIGST 201/301).