The Protection of Intellectual Property Under Islamic Law

 21 Capital University Law Review 1079-1106 (1992)
Steven D. Jamar
Professor of Law, Director, Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing Program
Howard University School of Law
Washington, DC, USA



This article examines the extent to which traditional Islamic law (sharia) affects the ability of Islamic states to protect intellectual property. The article includes a brief introduction to some of the basic principles of Islamic law and then applies them to general standards of intellectual property protection. It then uses Egyptian law to illustrate how one Islamic country implemented basic intellectual property protections (as of 1992). (27pages)