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).