Course Type and Contact Hours
Lecture / 2 hrs per week
5 (if exam has been passed)
The course is going to take place for the first time in the winter term 2019/20.
Time Schedule and Course Venue
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.
The aim of the course will be to give German and international law students a comprehensive introduction to Arabic law. During the first lessons, we will focus on the legal history of the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) region to explain the development of the legal systems from the Ottoman Empire through the European colonization until today. A second focus will be to present the basic concepts of the Islamic Sharia-Law, like Fiqh or Qanun, as the governing ‘common law’ of the MENA region before analyzing specific branches of substantive law.
By considering different Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) legal systems – such as the Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Lebanese, and the Syrian-, the course will provide a comparison between these different laws in the MENA region.
This course will have a historical approach by elaborating on the general legal system that was established during the Ottoman Empire, moving to the effect of the European colonization throughout the Arab region on the modern laws governing the Middle East and North Africa in the current time. In addition, the course will have a general approach on the influence of Islamic- Sharia-Law on both of the public and private laws in the region, especially the criminal law, the family law and the law of inheritance. By introducing the concepts of Sharia, Fiqh and Qanun and emphasizing on the Islamic law as the governing ‘common law’ in the Middle East and North Africa.
The course will also examine the different ruling bodies in each Arab country, how the legislation is established, and the functioning of the judiciary system in different countries in the Arab world. Furthermore, by presenting case studies on the most recent human rights issues in the region, this course will aim at providing a clear image of the current situation of human rights and the rule of law in the MENA.
Lastly, the course will also examine the implementation of international treaties in Arab countries and the challenges they face based on cultural norms and costumes.
By the end of this course, the students will be able to analyze, discuss and enhance their understanding in:
no (that means that everyone who signs up for this course in time can take part in this course)
You will find this course under "Study Program Themis & Overseas - Module 5"
registration period: 1 October - 1 November 2019
De-Registration from this Course
regular drop period: 1 October - 1 November 2019
After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.
Type of Exam
There will be a written final examination.
The exam will probably take place in the last week of the lecture period. → Academic Calendar
Registration for the Exam
Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.
De-Registration from the Exam
Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).