In the aftermath of 9/11 and in light of the world's political situation, Americans are mystified by Islam and its system of laws. Apart from academic scholars associated with reputable universities, the narratives put forth by self-proclaimed experts about Islam and Muslims are often dark and scary. The most misunderstood aspect of the Muslim religion is Sharia law. This course will help shed light on the faith tenets and pillars, its theology, and Divine law. Delve into the purposes of the Sharia in its Divine nature along with its human interpretation and application. Review American scholars' views and analyses of Sharia law. Finally, study Muslim political and social movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood, who may be calling for the application of Sharia law in some Muslim countries. We will differentiate between Sharia law as a way of governing the sacred and as a governance of societies. Throughout the class session students will have the chance to ask questions and bring issues for discussion and resolution. We will be using academic materials generated by Americans scholars associated with reputable American universities such as Harvard, Yale, George Washington, Georgetown, etc.
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