University of Technology Sydney

76005 Islamic Law

6cp; distance
Requisite(s): ( 70616 Australian Constitutional Law OR (70110 Introduction to Law AND (76006c Public International Law OR 70108c Public International Law OR 76110c Introduction to Public International Law)) OR (70107c Principles of Company Law AND (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law))
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This subject introduces students to Islamic law theory and its practice in the modern world with an emphasis on experience in the Australian legal system. Students develop a framework for analysing substantive areas of Islamic law by first considering its origins and development alongside current issues, such as codification and modernisation. The application of the principles of Islamic law in modern Muslim countries such as Malaysia and Pakistan is considered. Against this background students explore Islamic family and inheritance law including the rules regarding marriage and divorce, custody of children and maintenance, the importance of the extended family, and developments in family planning law. Students consider Islamic commercial, property and banking law together with new developments in these fields, including a model of an Islamic bank. Criminal law and evidence are also explored: the classification of crimes, prescribed and discretionary punishments, and evidence required for conviction. Finally, students critically analyse the implementation of Islamic law in Australia together with the debates and complexities surrounding the formalisation of Shari'ah.

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