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How is ethics defined, and what is its relationship to Islamic norms and legal traditions in the lives of modern Muslims?

The compatibility of Islamic Law and International Human Rights is often the topic of public discussion in contemporary Muslim and non-Muslim contexts. This course aims to tackle the tension and possibility of reconciliation between the two as normative systems with underlying ethical premises.

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75 euros.
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The course is free of charge for 30 undergraduate students of the University of Helsinki. Free study places are filled in the order of registration.

Registration begins 45 days before the beginning of the course. The exact registration time is shown by clicking the Register button.

The online registration is available for those who have Finnish identity number and an online bankig ID. International students at the University of Helsinki can enrol on the course with their University of Helsinki username.

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Description

The course is suitable for students of theology and religious studies, for those working on the field and for everyone interested on the theme.

After succesful completion of the course, students

  • will be able to identify the main foundations and the ethical framework of Islamic law
  • will be able to identify the foundations and underlying ethical premises and questions of international human rights discourses
  • analyze how Islamic law or Islamically-based/informed contemporary legislation in selected case studies demonstrate ethical and political complexities and conundrums
  • critically examine selected public and scholarly debates around the confluence and divergence between human rights discourses on the one hand and Islamic law or Islamically-based/informed contemporary legislation on the other

The compatibility of Islamic Law and International Human Rights is often the topic of public discussion in contemporary Muslim and non-Muslim contexts. This course aims to tackle the tension and possibility of reconciliation between the two as normative systems with underlying ethical premises. The course focuses on close study of selected case studies of a number of legislation and policies in a number of countries in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. These case studies will cover, for example, the legal age of marriage in Lebanon and Turkey, adultery (zina) in Islamic Criminal Law in Nigeria and atheism under the Blasphemy Law in Egypt.

Guiding questions are:

  • How are the selected cases presented and talked about in the public arena?
  • What do these debates reveal about the relationship of Islamic Law and state law(s) in the selected contexts?
  • How can these cases be understood form the point of view of Islamic ethics on the one hand and International Human Rights on the other?
  • What tensions can be observed?
  • What possibilities of reconciliation between Islamic Law, Islamic ethics and Human rights can be explored?
  • How could the perspective on these cases be shifted, in order to do away with the dichotomy of Islamic Law and Human Rights?

An online course including learning tasks: online discussions, reflection notes and essay.

Course literature will be announced in Moodle.

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An online course with online lectures / lecture recordings and assignments

The content of the course and the learning tasks will be specified later.

Online learning environment Moodle opens on 18th January.

How to get the Moodle-link and course key?
Next day after registration: log into this study programme with your University of Helsinki username.

You will receive more information on the username after registration.

The course is part of the thematic Islamic Theology study unit 15 credits.