Cornell University

CAU summer program: Sharia—The Origins and Workings of Islamic Law, led by David Powers

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cornell campus

Based on the Quran and the sayings of the prophet Muhammad, sharia—Islamic law—deals not only with crime, politics, marriage, divorce, inheritance, trade, and economics, but also with personal hygiene, gender relations, diet, and prayer.

Across the globe, Muslims currently discuss and debate the role that sharia (the "way" or "path") should play in the societies in which they live. What better time than now to examine sharia and its history with David Powers, professor of Near Eastern studies and specialist on Islamic law?

By reading and analyzing judicial opinions from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, we'll learn how sharia functioned in Muslim communities in the past and consider how it operates today, both in the Muslim world and in the West. Come prepared to deliberate and leave with a deeper understanding of sharia and of Islam.

This program is part of Cornell’s Adult University (CAU), which offers acclaimed education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Programs include off-campus travel adventures and weeklong on-campus summer courses open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends.

For more information and to register, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.6260.

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School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


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Catherine Penner

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