Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction

The University of Edinburgh

In this ground-breaking new course, students worked with renowned academics from the University of Edinburgh and other leading universities across the world to explore scholarly perspectives on the Sharia and Islamic law. This course explored some of the diverse roles that the Sharia and Islamic law have played in Muslim life, both historically and today, encouraging students to think critically about the nature of religious law and its many manifestations.

5 weeks, 4 hours per week

Dr. David H Warren

Research Fellow in Contemporary Islam at the University of Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre

The University of Edinburgh


Learning outcomes

  • Reflect on the nature of modern law, and explore the distinctions between secular and religious law.
  • Collaborate with others on broadening your knowledge.
  • Read and reflect on primary sources ranging from prominent poets, popular chat shows, award-winning documentaries, Islamist leaders, and the Qur’an itself.
  • Read and interpret cutting edge research and hear from leading academic experts.
  • Explore some of the controversies surrounding the Sharia and Islamic law in a collegial manner in an academic environment.
  • Assess the impact of colonialism in the Muslim World.
  • Investigate the place of Islamic law in modern sources such as constitutions, and some of the debates over the role of religious law in modern societies.


  1. What is Law? What is the Sharia? What is Islamic Law?
  2. How did Islamic Law work in the past and how did Islamic law adapt to social change?
  3. Understandings of justice and the impact of colonialism on Islamic law.
  4. The diverse manifestations of Islamic law in Muslim life today in contexts ranging from northern Nigeria to Palestine, to Indonesia to the United Kingdom.
  5. The role of Islamic law in a wide range of human activity, from individual worship to marriage/divorce.

Issued on 3rd June 2019

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Free online course:

The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction

The University of Edinburgh