A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
1) Knowledge and comprehension. A level of general and legal culture is required to develop an understanding of the specific legal notions of Islamic law. In reference to the law of the Muslim states, the students will have to grasp the differences between religious law and secular systems; in this regard it is also required a fair level of lexical language and mastery, especially the legal one. For the part concerning the development of the sources of Islamic law, it is also desirable to know some elementary historical notions. 2) Application abilities. Acquisition of the indispensable tools for the use of the concepts and legal institutes learned, according to the various cases that may arise, with the ability to face and solve problems even on new or non-customary issues, which are expected in the field of religious laws, in an interdisciplinary perspective and in order to acquire qualifying skills in the sense of a better understanding of social phenomena which, in a pluralistic society, emerge in their forms of juridical relevance. 3) Autonomy of judgement. Acquisition of a conscious autonomy of judgement with regard to the understanding and interpretation of the concepts dealt with. 4) Communication skills. For the topics covered, in addition to the above mentioned cultural and expressive starting requirements, the course aims to make students acquire the mastery of some concepts essential for the understanding of Islam, and to draw from these new acquisitions the ability to read, interpret and then transmit those notions and skills, in order to integrate the legal training that, from an interdisciplinary point of view, is increasingly important as legal professionals have to be aware of the importance of being able to face an interpretation of laws as far as possible comprehensive of phenomena underlying them. 5) Ability to learn. Acquisition of skills for the adaptation of knowledges in relation to the studied contexts, the juridical institutions faced and the way in which they are related to the other existing laws, in particular those of the secular systems.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will have a basic knowledge of the course topics in the broader context of comparative law of religions.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Classes and program
More specific information on the training activities models for the a.y. 2021/2022, will be available soon according with the evolution of the sanitary situation.
The program is available on the University website.

Examination methods
No final exam will be held, even if a final dissertation will take place in order to assess the proper attendance.
Course syllabus
Using a comparative approach, this course will illustrate the fundamental elements of the Islamic Law, highlighting, if necessary, affinities and differences both with regard to other religious laws and to civil laws. In this perspective the founding principles, the nature and the purpose of the main institutes of the Islamic law will be analysed, especially with regards to the sources of law, to make the students able to navigate critically the issues posed by the multicultural and contemporary society.
Prerequisites for admission
A level of general culture and legal culture is required to understand the notions of Islamic Law and to grasp, in particular, peculiarities and differences of this particular religious system compared to secular ones.
Teaching methods
The lessons, mainly frontal, will also include in-depth seminars.
Teaching Resources
Didactic materials will be distributed during classes or made available on Ariel platform.
Assessment methods and Criteria
At the end of the course, a discussion on the course themes will be held to verify the students' skills.
IUS/11 - ECCLESIASTICAL AND CANON LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Cianitto Cristiana
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