LAW5624 - Introduction to Islamic law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Quota applies

The unit can be taken by a maximum of 45 students (due to limited facilities and method of teaching).

Unit guides



  • Trimester 2 2017 (Day)


In its first part, the unit will consider the nature, characteristics and objectives of Islamic Law and contrast them with other legal systems. In its second part, the unit will explore the historic development of Islamic Law from the time of the Prophet to the era of the Fiqh (Golden Era), as well as its current significance. In the third part of the unit, various branches of Islamic Law are considered in more detail. The focus is on Islamic family law, Islamic banking and takaful, and Islamic criminal law.


On completion of this unit, a student should be able to

  1. apply knowledge and understanding of the nature, sources and fundamental principles of Islamic law;
  2. critically assess and evaluate the role of Islamic Law in the Malaysian legal system;
  3. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information about certain branches of Islamic law, namely: Islamic family law, Islamic banking and takaful, and Islamic criminal law;
  4. use cognitive, technical and creative skills to identify issues of Islamic law in factual scenarios and to develop complex arguments for the appropriate application of principles of Islamic law to address these issues;
  5. communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on current issues of Islamic law and the application of principles of Islamic law in Malaysia and internationally; and
  6. reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback on performance to support personal and professional development.


Malaysia attendance requirement: Students who fail to attend at least 80% of the classes in this unit (ie who miss 3 or more classes) will receive a result of 0 N for the unit. Students who are unable to meet this requirement due to severe illness or other exceptional circumstances must make an application for in-semester special consideration with supporting documentation.

Class participation: 10%

One research assignment (3,750 words): 50%

One take-home examination (3,000 words): 40%

Workload requirements

Students are required to attend 36 hours of lectures over the duration of this semi-intensive unit.

Chief examiner(s)


LAW7470 or an equivalent introductory unit at another university.