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Course Description

This advanced course focuses on the history of Islamic law and its role in the contemporary world. We will examine issues of law and the state, the development of a recognized religious class and Islamic law, the place of shari`a in relation to customary and government law, the legal system and its impact on society, women, and family law. In the modern period we look at the effect of western influence and modernization on law, and the use of shari`a by modern Islamic states such as Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Please see departmental website for detailed course information.
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Section Title
History of Law Islamic World
Type
Lecture
Days
W
Time
1:20PM to 4:20PM
Dates
Sep 04, 2019 to Dec 04, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
42.0
Location
  • Medford/Somerville Campus
Instruction Method
On Campus  
Available for Credit
3 credit(s)
Section Notes

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

Section Title
Outsiders & the City Berbers
Type
Lecture
Days
W, M
Time
4:30PM to 5:45PM
Dates
Jan 15, 2020 to Apr 27, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
37.5
Location
  • Medford/Somerville Campus
Instruction Method
On Campus  
Available for Credit
3 credit(s)
Section Notes

This course examines the roles of populations usually regarded as ‘marginal’ – the Berbers of North Africa, the Kurds of the Middle East and the Bedouin pastoralists across the MENA region, as well as some smaller ‘outsider’ populations – in the modern history of the countries in which they are located. Traditionally associated with mountain districts or steppe and desert regions far from the urban centers of government, commerce and cultural life, they have nonetheless often been active participants in the processes of change in the region. Since the early 20th century, moreover, intense rural-urban migration has brought large numbers of them to the cities and significantly affected urban society from Tehran to Casablanca and also contributed to the formation of diaspora communities in Europe and North America. While primarily historical, the course will have an interdisciplinary aspect, in considering the anthropology of these populations and the subsequent sociology of the varied transformations they have been experiencing and contributing to.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1
Section Title
World of Islam
Type
Lecture
Days
W, M
Time
1:30PM to 4:30PM
Dates
Jul 01, 2020 to Aug 05, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
33.0
Location
  • Medford/Somerville Campus
Instruction Method
On Campus  
Available for Credit
3 credit(s)
Section Notes

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1
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