Currently I am enrolled in a course entitled Islam, Law, and Human Rights. The fundamental aim of the course is to illustrate the importance of Islamic Shariah Law, as well as to compare/contrast its approach to Western constructs of Law. The goals of the class are to discuss the role of individual rights within the Shariah, Womens rights, Univeral v. Cultural relativism, and contemporary Islamic judicial issues.
On this note, are primary sources for the class are the books International Human Rights and Islamic Law (2003),by Mashood A. Baderin, and Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook (1998), ed. Charles Kurzman, and Islamic Jurisprudence: An International Perspective (1988), by Judge CG Weeramantry.
The course is a fascination discussion/lecture seminar, with lots of class interaction and debate. I've been enjoying the class thus far, and have furthered my own knowledge of Islamic Jurisprudence. On that note, if anyone cares to discuss this issue outside of class I would be more than happy to do so.