Department of Islamic Law

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Dr. Ghazali B Jaapar
Head Of Department
Email Address:
Telephone No. (OFF) : (6) 03-61964249

Suzana bt Yaacob 
Administrative Assistant (C/O)
Extension 4200


Islamic Law Department is one of the three departments within Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws (AIKOL), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). It was set up to coordinate all Islamic Law courses offered by AIKOL to all undergraduates and postgraduates. The Department is headed by Head of Department who is assisted by his personal assistant cum secretary of the Department.

The Department has currently almost 50 staff who are experts in various fields of Islamic law. They are involved in consultancy works especially in the fields of Islamic banking, finance and takaful, Islamic family law and administration of Islamic Law. For Islamic banking, finance and takaful, some of the staff expertise are recognized internationally. In addition to this, some of them are also experts in a comparative law, such as comparative family and child law, comparative public international law, comparative personal bankruptcy law and comparative law of succession. The staff also offer various services to the public. The services include conducting seminars, workshops, talks, forums and the likes.

The office of the Department is situated at level 2 of AIKOL building. It has a private meeting room for the staff to have discussion, discuss research projects, meet their clients and industry people and conduct coordinators meeting. The office is also equipped with computers, printer and photocopy machine to facilitate research conducted by the staff.

Aim and objective of Islamic Department

The main aim and objective of the Department is to produce scholars and experts in all areas of Islamic law who are able to guide, educate and equip students with valuable practical knowledge, information and virtue.

Course offered by Islamic Law

There are various Islamic Law courses offered by Islamic Law Department to undergraduates that depend on whether they are first year, second year, third year or final year undergraduates. Moreover, undergraduates are divided into two streams, i.e. i) civil law stream (they are students who study Islamic Law courses in English) and ii) Shari‘ahstream (those students who study Islamic Law courses in Arabic except for course of Family Law II, Law of Succession, Islamic Law of Property, Evidence and Procedure of Shari‘ahCourtI and II, and Islamic Law of Banking and Takaful).

First year undergraduates have to take the course of Islamic Legal System I and II, and Transactions in Islamic Law I and II. In addition to the abovementioned courses, the students who intend to pursue and obtain a second degree, the LL.B (Shari‘ah), they have to take two additional courses, i.e., Quranic Ayat and Hadith on Law I and II. For second year undergraduates, they shall register the course of Family Law I and II, Islamic Criminal Law and Law of Succession.  For Islamic Criminal Law course, Shari‘ahstream undergraduates do not require to enroll it but they have to register for Islamic Criminal Law I and II that are thought in Arabic.  In addition to the abovementioned courses, the Shari‘ahstream undergraduates have to register for two additional courses, i.e., Usul al-Fiqh I and II that are thought in Arabic. For third year undergraduates, they shall register the course of Usul al-Fiqh I and II. For Shari‘ahstream undergraduates, they are required to register for Usul al-Fiqh III and IV that are thought in Arabic. Furthermore, the third year undergraduates may register for their Islamic Law optional courses. The courses include Islamic Law of Property and Islamic Legal Maxim.For final year students, they shall register the course of Evidence and Procedure of Shari‘ahCourt I and II, and Islamic Law of Banking and Takaful.

To increase the knowledge of Islamic Law, a fifth-year course has been designed to enable the graduates to obtain a second degree the LL.B (Shari‘ah). In order to obtain this degree, the students must first have obtained the LL.B degree and so become a qualified person. The person who obtained LL.B (Shari‘ah) degree is therefore qualified not only in the Civil Law but also in the Islamic Law.

The 5th. year students are required to study the followings courses, i.e., Qur’anic Ayat and Hadith on Law V and IV, Islamic Law of Evidence and Procedure I and II, Usul al-Fiqh V and VI, Legal Text I and II, Asbab al-Ikhtilaf (Reasons for Disagreement)  I and II, and Fiqh al-Muqaran fi Ahwal al-Shakhsiyyah (Comparative Islamic Personal Law) I and II .

There are various Islamic Law courses offered at MCL level. They include Islamic Criminal Law, Islamic Law of Obligation, Fundamental Right and Liberties in Islam, Islamic Law of Banking and Securities, Islamic Law of Evidence and Islamic Jurisprudence.

Strength of Islamic Law Department

The strength of the Department depends on the expertise of its academic staff. The Department is proud to have experts in various fields of Islamic Law. Some staff are experts in Islamic Banking and Finance. To show this, they are appointed as Shari‘ah advisor in various banks locally and abroad. Some of them are experts in Islamic Family Law. They provide advice to those who have problems and decide to seek legal advice on Islamic Family Law matters. In Islamic Property Management, Islamic Law Department staffs are consulted for advice.

The Department is happy to announce that any good students who wish to involve in research on the abovementioned areas of Islamic Law, they are welcome.

Future direction of Islamic Law Department

To ensure that Islamic Law Department maintains its good status quo, all staff will be required to do attachment during the third semester break. This is to expose them to the practical aspects of Islamic Law and to establish contact with industries.  As a result, the intention to produce all rounded students and experts in Islamic Law isachieved.