Teaching and assessment (2018-19): Semester 1, 1 x 2,000 word essay (30%); 1 x 2 hour exam (70%)
The aim of this module is to understand and explore the tensions that exist when Muslims organise their private family relationships within an Islamic framework whilst also being subject to English law. There will be some opportunities for comparative work in examining the experiences of Muslims in other Western jurisdictions.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
- critically examine the sources of Islamic Law and the extent to which they are applied by Muslims living in Western societies
- analyse problem questions concerning substantive Islamic laws of marriage, divorce, child custody and finance
- evaluate the relevant theories of legal pluralism in addressing the needs of Muslims
- reflect critically on the tensions in accommodating Muslim minorities