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The Bureaucratization of Islam and Its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia

Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork in five countries, including Brunei and Singapore, this paper by Dominik Müller examines the bureaucratization of Islam as a social phenomenon that informs dynamics of social change alongside transformations of the very meaning(s) of Islam in state and society. You must RSVP to attend this event. Read More

Havva Guney-Ruebenacker

Islamic Marriage Contracts in American Courts: The Case of Mahr and Its Misunderstood Economics

Havva Guney-Ruebenacker develops a novel approach to the analysis of the cases of Islamic mahr agreements in American courts, as a remarkable example of the interaction of Islamic and western law that entails significant implications for legal and social change around mahr and divorce in Islamic law. You must RSVP to attend this event. Read More

Islamic Constitutionalism: Not Secular. Not Theocratic. Not Impossible.

Asifa Quraishi-Landes will explain her current project, proposing a structure for Islamic constitutionalism that is inspired by Islamic jurisprudence and Muslim history, yet designed for contemporary realities. This structure is conceptually different from the typical “Islamic state” imagined by modern political Islam movements, as it is built upon the pre-colonial separation of Muslim lawmaking power: siyasa, made by rulers, and fiqh, articulated by religious legal scholars. Read More

International Religious Freedom in an Age of Nationalism

How is the current international order affecting freedom of religion? Leading experts Mustafa Akyol, Brian Grim, and Daniel Mark, informed by various faith traditions, academic disciplines, and experiences, will discuss this question—and what must be done to protect international religious freedom in an age of nationalism. Read More

Navid Fozi

Diasporic Counterpublics: Multiplicities, Challenges, and Trajectories of Iranian Asylum Seekers in Turkey

Navid Fozi will present the introductory chapter of his manuscript based on two years of field research among Iranian transit asylum seekers in Turkey. You must RSVP to attend this talk. Read More

The US in Yemen: What We Know, What We Don’t and What It Means for Rights Protection

This talk by Kristine Beckerle (Human Rights Watch) will examine the US role in Yemen and explore the legal and policy avenues through which rights advocates can push for rights-respecting policies and practices, both in the context of Yemen as well as counter-terror efforts in the MENA region more broadly.  Read More

Contextualizing #MeToo in the Global South

Despite the groundbreaking achievements of the #MeToo movement, the fact is that too many women are still unheard. An intersectional approach to feminism necessarily leads to questions about what the #MeToo movement means for women from the Global South. The event aims to look at diverse women’s experiences that are frequently excluded from the mainstream conversation. Read More

Jerusalem after Trump: Consequences and Implications

In this event, Aaron David Miller and Noura Erakat will engage in a conversation on the consequences and implications of Trump’s decision from a number of different angles, taking into consideration questions of international law, regional stability and security, prospects for sustainable peace, as well as the status and rights of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Noah Feldman will moderate. Read More

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The Place of Ethics in Islamic Law

Ahmed El-Shamsy will speak on “The Place of Ethics in Islamic Law.” El Shamsy studies the intellectual history of Islam, focusing on the evolution of the classical Islamic disciplines and scholarly culture within their broader historical context. His research addresses themes such as orality and literacy, the history of the book, and the theory and practice of Islamic law. Read More

The Ambitions of Muslim Family Law Reform

Professor Kristen Stilt and Clinical Instructor Salma Waheedi of the International Human Rights Clinic will discuss their upcoming Journal of Law & Gender article examining reform efforts in family law in Muslim countries. Read More