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Islamic Law

Islamic law, Islamic legal research, sharia, researching sharia law

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.

Credits: This guide is based on an earlier version created by Mary Rumsey.

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