About This Guide
This brief research guide is designed to help researchers, particularly students in the University of Minnesota's Islamic Law seminar, who are looking for information on Islamic law. Islamic law is also called sharia (variously, shari'a, shariah). Most English language materials, however, are indexed under or use the phrase "Islamic law."
The University of Minnesota Law Library collects few works in Arabic. Generally, it is difficult to find English translations of laws from countries, such as Saudi Arabia, with Islamic legal systems. The Library does have a large collection of legal materials from Pakistan, in English. Many of the Pakistan works are in the basement; you can find these in MNCAT and then request them from the Circulation Desk.
Researchers may also want to consult these other guides:
Andrew Grossman, Finding the Law: Islamic Law (Sharia).
George N. Sfeir, The Place of Islamic Law in Modern Arab Legal Systems: A Brief for Researchers and Reference Librarians, 28 Int'l J. Legal Info. 117 (2000).
The Law Library's Researching Foreign Law guide gives strategies for finding the law of foreign countries.
Database Access Note: access to certain databases linked to in this guide may be restricted to members affiliated with the U of M Law School or the U of M Twin Cities campus. Please see our Databases Directory for further information on access privileges
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