December 22, 2010

Hallaq, Wael Silver_nugget
[MDES W3923] Central Questions in Islamic Law

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Prof Hallaq is great. Super smart, super engaging, he's a great professor and a funny guy.

Central Questions to Islamic Law is a good choice with not too much work. Weekly readings, one 5 min presentation on a reading and a big old research paper at the end. You can write about whatever you want which is nice. Though beware, he tends to call on people randomly to summarize readings...fear of his disapproval is enough encouragement for most to read, but many get away with not.

Class draws an interesting crowd. About half Muslims, a quarter JTS, and a smattering of other interested parties. He loves engaged students and gets off on class participation. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is necessary, despite what one might think. He does offer suggestions for background reading for the uptight.

Workload:

Weekly readings
1 five min presentation
25 page research paper at the end
no exams