This course is discontinued

REL2090 – Islamic Law and Institutions

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Course content

  • Islamic Law: Sources and objectives
  • Historical development of Islamic legal thought
  • Islamic law and modernity
  • Reformist trends in Islamic legal thought
  • Islamic institutions: Religious, jurisprudential, educational, social and charitable

Learning outcome

The course objective is to familiarize the students with origins, historical development and main branches of Islamic law and main Islamic intitutions.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Singular course students may apply after August 19th depending on capacity.


Recommended previous knowledge

The course is based on REL1050 – Islam (discontinued).

Overlapping courses

Some of the courses offered at the Faculty of Arts may overlap with previous programmes of study such as “grunnfag”, “semesteremner” and “mellomfag”. The student must be sure that the course content does not overlap with programmes of study for which the student has received credit. For more information about overlapping of this course, please contact the department that offers the course.


The teaching is based on a combination of lectures and seminars. The course consists of two introductary lectures and in October Prof. Dr. Fikret Karcic from Sarajevo will give six lectures. In addition to the debates in the course's closed viritual classroom in Fronter, there will be two seminars during the semester.

Compulsory assignments: A first draft of the semester assignment and comments on two other students’ semester assignments is to be submitted halfway through the semester.

Deadlines will be published in the detailed teaching plan.

Guidelines for obligatory qualifying essays


The examination consists of an integrated portfolio assessment where the grade is given on the basis of the written assignments the student has submitted during the semester. The assignment (an essay of 6-8 pages and a short essay of 1-3 pages, 2300 characters per page) will be made available at the start of the semester.

The student must hand in an Obligatory statement regarding cheating along with the term paper.

The assessment is integrated in the course lessons and it is therefore not possible to sit for the exam unless the student is registered for the teaching component of the course.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Last time offered autumn 2008. The course will be replaced by REL3080 Islamic Law and Institutions


Last time offered autumn 2008. The course will be replaced by REL3080 Islamic Law and Institutions

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