January 06, 2011

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

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

Like the review below said, Hallaq is excellent. Very engaging, very funny. However, it did bother me somewhat that the class (Central Questions in Islamic Law) wasn't tightly structured, but of course, that's a matter of personal preference. He does have a very clear narrative for the class, which sometimes could become overwhelming. Nonetheless, he's a very cool guy, and obviously, super knowledgeable and passionate about the subject—and full of funny stories and tidbits of information. As for the class make-up, it was largely a good group; there were bearly any people who were terribly annoying.

Workload:

Very light

-Weekly readings (100+ pages a week) but you really don't have to do them
-A five minute presentation which literally takes 5 minutes to compose and then give as he stares out a window
-A 5,000 word paper that was pretty easily graded despite the threat that only 30% of the class would receive A's.

I'd recommend.