R. David Coolidge

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

David Coolidge

R. David Coolidge is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Before joining NYU Wagner, Coolidge was Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community at Brown University and a Muslim Advisor at Dartmouth College. He was also an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at St. Francis College. In addition to his work and studies within higher education, Coolidge has been involved with various American Muslim institutions including the Ta'leef Collective and the Islamic Center at NYU.

Coolidge received his B.A. in Religious Studies at Brown University and an M.A. in Religion with a focus on medieval Islamic intellectual history at Princeton University.

In this course, we will study “shari’ah,” the primary legal and ethical tradition of Islam. First, we will briefly cover the historical development of shari’ah. Then we will turn to the contemporary era, and examine the articulation of shari’ah in regard to a variety of concrete issues. It is hoped that by the end of the course, the student will have a greater appreciation for the complexity of shari’ah, and its continued relevance in today's legal and ethical debates both nationally and internationally.

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In this course, we will study “shari’ah,” the primary legal and ethical tradition of Islam. First, we will briefly cover the historical development of shari’ah. Then we will turn to the contemporary era, and examine the articulation of shari’ah in regard to a variety of concrete issues. It is hoped that by the end of the course, the student will have a greater appreciation for the complexity of shari’ah, and its continued relevance in today's legal and ethical debates both nationally and internationally.

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