Islamic Law: Human Rights Advocacy in the Muslim World

Islamic Law: Human Rights Advocacy in the Muslim World

Professor Kristen Stilt
Spring 2016 course
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in Lewis Room 302
2 classroom credits

Pre/Co-requisites: This course is open to students who have taken or are concurrently taking International Law and Human Rights, International Human Rights, or Human Rights Advocacy.

Exam Type: No exam.

Students will be graded on the basis of class participation and a final paper.

This course will focus on human rights advocacy in the Muslim world. After providing an introduction to Islamic law, the course will address difficult questions at the intersection of human rights law and some interpretations of Islamic law. Topics to be examined include religious freedom, sexual relations and sexuality, domestic relations, the rights of children, and public dress and behavior. The course will focus on how human rights organizations -- international, regional, and local -- have worked on cases in these areas of concern, and will consider how such organizations can most effectively address issues that involve religious belief and practice.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law