Justice, Law, and Commerce in Islam

In this course, cross-listed with Religion 254, students will investigate classical and modern theories of Islamic law, jurisprudence, and ethics as they pertain to various domains of social life. Topics to be covered include the following: the process of legal reasoning in Islam; the paradigm of consensus; the development of "schools" of legal practice; foundational principles and the role of precedent in the creation of new laws; concepts of political, social, and economic justice; procedural justice in criminal and civil cases; the jurisprudence of gender relations; and the role of jurisprudence in the regulation of commerce and finance. The class will discuss readings from modern theoretical and secondary works as well as primary sources in translation.

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