Skip to main content
Unit of study_

LAWS3441: Introduction to Islamic Law

2022 unit information

This seminar program is an introductory course in Islamic Law. It will focus on Shari'ah (the classical laws as derived from the religious sources), and will seek to explain its relationship to the contemporary laws of Muslim states and to the cultural practices of Muslim communities living in Australia and other predominantly non-Muslim states. The course aims to provide a basic understanding of the sources of Islamic Law, their interpretation, and of the 'Schools of Law' which predominate in the Muslim World. The case studies seek to engage students to assess critically past and present understandings in the contexts of terrorism, modernity and social change.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code LAWS3441
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand religious and Islamic precepts
  • LO2. demonstrate awareness of Muslim cultures and practices
  • LO3. apply opinions of Muslim scholars to contemporary problems
  • LO4. engage in public policy discussion
  • LO5. demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving through questioning common assumptions and examining the role of politics, context and culture
  • LO6. demonstrate oral communication skills through individual responses to questions in class and class presentations
  • LO7. demonstrate written communication skills through weekly blogs and a research essay
  • LO8. demonstrate information and digital literacy through locating, interpreting and evaluating relevant internet sites and blogs
  • LO9. demonstrate cultural competence through engaging with the material, fellow students and with staff ethically, respectfully and successfully, while recognizing the diversity of Muslim world views and the richness they may bring institutions, groups and society.

Unit availability

This section lists the session, attendance modes and locations the unit is available in. There is a unit outline for each of the unit availabilities, which gives you information about the unit including assessment details and a schedule of weekly activities.

The outline is published 2 weeks before the first day of teaching. You can look at previous outlines for a guide to the details of a unit.

There are no availabilities for this year.
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

This refers to the Mode of attendance (MoA) for the unit as it appears when you’re selecting your units in Sydney Student. Find more information about modes of attendance on our website.