An examination of the Islamic position, juristic terms and rulings related to jinayat (crimes) and hudud (fixed punishments). The course includes a review of the Islamic law of evidence and testimony and hudud focusing on the punishments specified for zinâ (adultery and fornication), qadhf (false slanderous accusation of illicit sexual relations), drinking khamr (intoxicants in general), sariqah (theft), hirâbah (armed or highway robbery and waging war against the state), and riddah (apostasy). Students will also examine common misconceptions and doubts raised against Islamic penal law and its application in today’s society.
This course aims at:
- Familiarizing the student with the basic concepts of ‘Ilm al-Fara’id} (Islamic Law of Inheritance)
- Explaining Signifiance of the law of inheritance
- Elucidating the wisdom of Islamic Shari‘ah in allotting the various shares
- Understanding the basic rules and Principal elements of distribution
- Explaining the major Impediments to inheritance
- Understanding examples of possible cases solved by simple formulas
- Defining variable shares of heirs in all cases
- Studying authentic ahadith on the Islamic law of inheritance
- Elucidating the basic elements of writing, documenting and executing legal wills.
- Delineating the Basic Concepts of Islamic Law of Waqfs (endowments).(3 credits)
About the Instructor(s)
Ahmed Khater was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in legal studies, and attained a second B.A. from Al-Azhar University in Islamic sciences and Arabic language.
He received an M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley with a specialization in Islamic law and legal theory, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union specializing in Islamic law and legal theory.
He also holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Islamic studies from the Islamic University of Minnesota. He has received ijazat (licenses) in various Islamic sciences, including ones to teach and narrate the Hanbali madhhab.
He is a lecturer of Islamic studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Saint Mary’s College (adjunct assistant professor), Islamic University of Minnesota, and was a lecturer of Arabic language at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches and designs curriculum at Mishkah University, and he previously worked with Al-Azhar University’s department of Islamic studies in English to edit books and articles for the scholars of Al-Azhar. He works with the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America answering legal questions for their fatwa chat/hotline services, and as a fiqh consultant, resident fatwa committee secretary, and translator/editor. He also teaches the traditional Islamic sciences at Zidni Islamic Institute.