Islamic Ethics and Law

Course content

This course is offered jointly with the Faculty of Law and is suitable for students from both Law and Theology, as well as related disciplines.


This course provides an accessible, systematic and interreligious introduction to the study of Islamic law.
Students will obtain a comprehensive overview of the historical development, methodological approaches and substantive scope of this normative system. Attention is given to areas of commonality and divergence with other pre-modern legal systems, especially Cannon law and Talmudic law.
Particular importance is given to the differences with modern bureaucratic legal systems with which most (law) students will be more familiar.


Reflecting its traditional strengths in private law, this course focuses on Islamic family, commercial and contract law, as well as the relatively underdeveloped but important Islamic public law. These also happen to be those areas most relevant to legal practitioners, as courts in Western legal systems often have to resolve private law matters with reference to Islamic legal principles.


This course examines the nature and development of Islamic law from three distinct but related angles:
- as dogma centred around the interpretation of authoritative texts;
- as practice centred around the observation of the way its norms are actually observed by human beings;
- as contingency centred around the recognition of the diverse historical, social and cultural forms it can take.
All three angles will be contrasted to the experience of other major religious and legal traditions.
In line with the course design of the Master’s programme in ”Interreligious Islamic Studies” offered by TEO, this course teaches its subject matter as comparative law (not as a sui generis deontology) and from an interreligious perspective.


Interreligious Islamic studies


The course is planned with physical attendance, but live streaming may be arranged for registered participants should the need arise.

We follow the Socratic method and will thus rely heavily on student participation and informed discussions, as opposed to lectures. This means that students will have to do some reading and come prepared.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Written examination
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 244
  • Exam
  • 120
  • English
  • 420


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
Part Time Master

1 semester

Please see timetable for teaching time
Study board of Theology
Contracting department
  • Interreligious Islamic Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Theology
Course Coordinator
  • Ebrahim Afsah   (13-6a6777666d6e7233666b78666d456f7a7733707a336970)

Ebrahim Afsah

Saved on the 28-04-2023

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