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New postgraduate intensive reveals the links and strains between Islamic and Common Law


12 May 2017

This new unit of study will examine the accommodation of Sharīʽah Law within Western Common Law legal traditions and the role of the judiciary
This new unit of study will examine the accommodation of Sharīʽah Law within Western Common Law legal traditions and the role of the judiciary

A new postgraduate unit of study available to lawyers and non-lawyers will investigate the application of Islamic Law in four of the key common law countries of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Muslim Minorities and the Law is essential if you are a government officer, policy maker, community worker, NGO, criminal justice officer or are just interested in contemporary applications of Islamic law and Islamic studies.

Taught by Associate Professor Salim Farrar and Dr Ghena Krayem, it analyses issues of communal identity, security and social exclusion.

“We will explore the relationship between Muslims, the Common Law and Sharīʽah post-9/11,” said Associate Professor Farrar.

“We will examine the accommodation of Sharīʽah Law within Western Common Law legal traditions and the role of the judiciary, in particular, in drawing boundaries for secular democratic states with Muslim populations who want resolutions to conflicts that also comply with the dictates of their faith.”

Associate Professor Farrar and Dr Krayem co-authored Accommodating Muslims Under Common Law: A Comparative Analysis, the monograph upon which the unit of study bases its teaching.

“The unit aims to demonstrate how the flexibilities that exists in both the Common Law and Sharīʽah provide unexplored avenues for navigation and accommodation,” said Dr Krayem.

“Further, how Muslims and the broader community have framed their claims for recognition against a backdrop of terrorism fears, and how Common Law judiciaries have responded within their constitutional and statutory confines and also within the contemporary contexts of demands for equality, neutrality and universal human rights.”

Timetable
Semester 2 Intensive 2017
22 September 2017 Introduction Class
29, 30 September and 6, 7 October 2017

Location
Sydney Law School
New Law Building (F10) Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney NSW 2006

Postgraduate Program Enrolment
Choose to complete this unit as part of the following degree programs:

Professional Plus+ Registration
Register in this unit on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Further information

Enquiries:
Phone: 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (in Australia) and +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

Website: http://sydney.edu.au/study.html