ISL414 Islamic Law and Practice in the Contemporary World (8)

This subject introduces students to Islamic law and the related issues in the contemporary world. It covers the development of principles, methods, and schools of law, and discusses Islamic law in the modern period. The implementation of Islamic law in the contemporary context, reform, renewal and change in Islamic law are also addressed. The related challenges in the modern period and the debates on re-interpretation of Islamic law will be explored, together with the accommodation of Islamic law in Muslim societies, and reflections of these issues for Muslim minorities in the west.


Session 2 (60)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL414. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the development of Islamic law, its sources and classical schools;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the application of Islamic law in a contemporary context;
  • be able to discuss critically the reform of Islamic law in the modern period;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of Islamic law on minorities living in the Muslim world;
  • be able to discuss critically the implication of the adoption of Islamic law by Muslim minorities living in the West;
  • be able to analyse critically the relationship between Islamic law and secular law in the Australian context;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the various components of Islamic Law including family and criminal laws and
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, organisation, written and oral communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Shari'a and fiqh: Development, emergence, its sources, schools of law
  • Islamic law in the modern period, implementation of Islamic law in the contemporary context
  • Reform, renewal and change in Islamic law
  • Challenges for Islamic law in the modern period
  • The significance of ijtihad (legal deduction) in the modern context
  • Reconciliation of Islamic laws with a rapidly changing world
  • Islamic family law
  • Human rights and the shari'a
  • Muslims as citizens of non-Islamic societies, in particular looking at the Australian context
  • Non-Muslims as citizens in Islamic societies
  • Shariğa and state in the modern Muslim world
  • Islamic criminal law in practice
  • Women, Islamic law and gender equality

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL414 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Module reflection and analysis
Research essay
Engagement on discussion forum

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.