LAW4670 - Introduction to Islamic law - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Nadirsyah Hosen

Unit guides



  • Term 3 2018 (On-campus)


For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:

LAW1101 Introduction to Legal Reasoning

LAW1104 Research and Writing

For students who enrolled in the LLB (Hons) from 2015:

LAW1111 Foundations of law

LAW1114 Criminal law 1

LAW2101 Contract A

LAW1113 Torts

LAW1112 Public law & statutory interpretation

LAW2112 Property A

LAW2102 Contract B

LAW2111 Constitutional law

For other students:

Equivalent introductory units from another university.


In its first part, the unit will consider the nature, characteristics and objectives of Islamic Law and contrast them with 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 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. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature, sources and fundamental principles of Islamic law
  2. Explain the basic principles of certain branches of Islamic law, namely: Islamic family law, Islamic banking and takaful, and Islamic criminal law.
  3. Critically assess the role of Islamic law in the Malaysian legal system
  4. Undertake research into and analyse decisions of Malaysian Shariah courts and related secondary materials
  5. Use legal reasoning skills to develop arguments from principles of Islamic law to address legal issues raised in factual scenarios
  6. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on current issues of Islamic law in Malaysia and internationally
  7. Reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback on their classroom 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%)
  • Class paper - 1,500 words (30%)
  • Take home examination (60%)

Workload requirements

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

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