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Benhalim, Rabea

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Benhalim's research focuses on the development of Islamic and Jewish law in the modern era. Within this area, her current work investigates how secular environments affect interpretations and development of religious law, especially for minority religions. Her research includes contract theory, gender theory, and dispute resolution


  • Islamic Law, Sharia, Jewish Law, Halakha, Religion and the Law



courses taught

  • LAWS 5121 - Contracts
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Covers basic principles of contract liability, offer, acceptance and consideration, statute of frauds, contract remedies, the parole evidence rule, performance of contracts, conditions, effect of changed circumstances, third-party beneficiaries, assignment and specific performance.
  • LAWS 6021 - Secured Transactions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Explores the methodology and policies of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, dealing with financing transactions in personal property.
  • LAWS 6518 - Introduction to Islamic Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Examines the Formative Era of Islamic Law, through its sources and methodologies. Examines the Established Era of the Schools of Law including differences between Sunni and Shiite Islamic Law. Examines human rights, terrorism, political Islam, women's rights and rights of religious minorities, criminal law, and finance law, and the growing role of fundamentalism in these areas. Examines the relevance of Islam and Islamic law in today's world.
  • LAWS 8210 - Seminar: Comparative Law
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Studies discrete topics in Jewish law such as family law, commercial law, criminal law, etc., using the text Jewish Law: Cases and Materials, and other sources such as guest lectures. The collection of books that we received from the Touro Law Center will provide a valuable resource for student research.
  • LAWS 8385 - Sem Law & Religion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023 / Spring 2024


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