HDS 3621

Islamic Law: an Introduction

Baber Johansen


This lecture source and its sections give an oversight over the history of Islamic Law from the 8th to the 21st century. The course ["Introduction to Islamic Law"] introduces beginners to the history of the fiqh, a system conceived of as the legal and ethical interpretation of the revealed texts of the shari'a. It will provide a description of the institutional background of this system's diffusion throughout the Muslim World and of the historical formation of its cTheontent and methodology. The course will focus on the methods and decisions by which change was introduced and rendered licit in the fiqh during the different periods of its development. It will, in particular, discuss the changes the system underwent from the 19th to the 21st century and try to find an answer to the question: what is Islamic Law in the 21st century?

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Spring 2015
Course times to be announced.
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None