This course is discontinued

REL3080 – Islamic Law and Institutions

Course content

Informed knowledge of Islamic law and Institutions is of importance for understanding the developments and transformations of today’s pluricultural world. In this course you will learn about the sources and objectives of Islamic law and about the historical development of Islamic legal thought. Moreover, the course will focus on Islamic institutions: religious, jurisprudential, educational, social and charitable. Finally, the course will discuss the issue of Islamic law and modernity and provide insight into reformists’ trends in Islamic legal thought.

Learning outcome

The course objective is to familiarize the students with the origins, historical developments and main branches of Islamic law and with current debates within the field of Islamic legal thought.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course requires good knowledge of English.

Recommended previous knowledge

Recommended prior knowledge: REL1003 – Innføring i sammenlignende religionsstudier and REL2250 - Islam (and REL1050 Islam)

Overlapping courses

The course overlap 10 sp with REL2090 Islamic Law and Institutions

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 8 lectures (16 hours) and 2 seminars (4 hours). 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 is to be submitted halfway through the semester.
Deadlines will be published in the detailed teaching plan.
Guidelines for obligatory qualifying essays

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


At the end of the semester the student shall present a course essay (8-10 pages, 2300 characters per page).
The language of examination is generally English. It is generally possible to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is included in course group 80REL1

Facts about this course






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