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Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

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Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
  • Role: Senior Fellow
  • Education: Ph.D., University of Edinburgh LL.B. ; University of Cambridge LL.B. LL.M. M.A. in Criminology; University of Khartoum
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Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im is a world-renowned scholar of Islam and human rights.

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (from Sudan) is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law, associated professor in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion of Emory University. An internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives, Professor An-Na'im teaches courses in international law, comparative law, human rights, and Islamic law. His research interests include constitutionalism in Islamic and African countries, secularism, and Islam and politics. Professor An-Na'im directed the following research projects which focus on advocacy strategies for reform through internal cultural transformation:

Women and Land in Africa
Islamic Family Law
Fellowship Program in Islam and Human Rights
The Future of Sharia: Islam and the Secular State
The websites for these projects can be accessed through Professor An-Na'im's personal homepage at law.emory.edu/aannaim »

Professor An-Na'im's current research projects include a study of Muslims and the secular state, and of human rightsfrom state-centric to people-centered. He continues to further develop his theory of Islam and the Secular State (Harvard University Press, 2008), also published in Arabic and Indonesian. Translations of this manuscript in Bengali, Persian, Urdu, Bengali, Turkish and Russian, are available for download free of charge at sharia.law.emory.edu »

Education: PhD (Law), University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1976; LLB (Honours) and Diploma in Criminology, University of Cambridge (England), 1973; LLB (Honours), University of Khartoum (Sudan), 1970

 

Research Projects

Publications & Lectures

Journals

  • "Emory International Law Review," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 25, No. 2 (2011)
  • "Religion, Family Law, and Recognition of Identity in Nigeria ," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 25, No. 2 (2011): 945-966

Articles

Chapters

Lecture Tours

  • Paper Presentation
    "The Cross-Cultural Coherence of Intellectual History: The Case of the Second Message of Islam from Sudan"
    Conceptual History and Global Translations: The Euro-Asian and African Semantics of the Social and the Economic, University of Helsinki
    Finland
    May 2011
  • Paper Presentation
    "Coping with Shared Human Vulnerabilities: The Cultural Mediation of Resentment and Retaliation"
    Istanbul Seminars 2011: Overcoming the Trap of Resentment, Istanbul Bilgi University – Santral Campus
    Turkey
    May 2011
  • Keynote
    "A Democratic State Cannot be Islamic"
    Social Justice in Egypt: Theory, Research, Practice
    American University in Cairo, Egypt
    May 2011
  • "Experiences in Freedom of Religion in the African Context"
    The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences
    Vatican City
    April 2011
  • Public Lecture
    "Human Rights, Universality and Sovereignty: The Relevance and Irrelevance of Islamic Law"
    Washington and Lee University School of Law and the Transnational Law Institute
    April 2011
  • Speaker
    "Renewing Moral Norms"
    Of Heaven and Earth: Religion, Belief and Women’s Rights, The Carter Center
    Atlanta, Georgia
    April 2011
  • Keynote
    "Sharia, State Law and Freedom of Religion in Oklahoma"
    Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    March 2011
  • Presentation
    "Tolerance and Freedom: Sustainability of Toleration in Public Discourse"
    Conference on Toleration and Freedom: The American Experience in Context, Institute for Philosophy & Religion, Boston University
    Boston, Massachusetts
    March 2011
  • Lecture
    "Beyond Minority Politics: American Muslims and Citizenship"
    Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Boston University
    Boston, Massachusetts
    March 2011
  • Public Lecture
    "Human Rights, Universality and Sovereignty in African and Islamic Perspectives"
    Rothko Chapel
    Houston, Texas
    March 2011
  • Public Lecture
    "American Muslims and Citizenship"
    The Boulder Public Library
    Boulder, Colorado
    March 2011
  • Presentation
    "Human Rights, Universality and Sovereignty: The Relevance and Irrelevance of Shari’a"
    Conference on Human Rights in Islam: The Politics of Cultural Transformation, Duke University
    Durham, North Carolina
    February 2011
  • Keynote
    "For Sustainable Peace: From Religious Responsibility to Legal Accountability"
    Regional Conference, Peacekeeping in West Africa: Faith Communities and their Role in Conflict,”
    Freetown, Sierra Leone
    December 2010
  • The Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights
    "Polygamy and Gender Justice in the 21st Century: Reflections on Basic Principles"
    Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law Project
    Brandeis University
    November 2010
  • Public Lecture
    "Normative Pluralism and State Legal Systems"
    University of Warwick Law School
    UK
    October 2010
  • Keynote
    "Islamic Law and Secular Societies"
    International Summer School, Rethinking Rights in a Plural Society, Alta Scuola Societa Economia Teologia
    Venice, Italy
    September 2010
  • Plenary Panel Speaker
    "Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion"
    The XVIIIth International Congress of Comparative Law, Georgetown Law Center
    Washington, D.C.
    July 2010
  • Seminar
    "Contemporary Islamic Thought on Islam, Democracy and Human Rights"
    IAIN (State Institute of Islamic Studies) Suan Ampel
    Surabaya, Indonesia
    July 2010
  • Keynote
    "Sharia, National Law, Rule of Law and Human Rights"
    Conference on Sharia Incorporated: Legal Systems in the Muslim World – Recent Development, Center for the Study of Islam and Society
    Leiden University, the Netherlands
    June 2010
  • Presentation
    "Islam and Human Rights: Framing and Reframing the Inquiry"
    International Conference, Human Rights Today: Foundations and Politics, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
    Frankfurt, Germany
    June 2010
  • Lecture
    "Islam, Modernity and Freedom: Mediating Competing Claims of Freedoms of Speech and Religion"
    Building Bridges Seminar: Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Tradition and Modernity, Georgetown University
    Washington, D.C.
    May 2010
  • Lecture
    "The Idea of Cosmopolitanism and Religion"
    New York University Abu Dhabi, at New York University
    April 2010
  • Public Lecture
    "The Compatibility of Islamic Law and State Law"
    Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Center for International and Comparative Law, Duke Law School
    April 2010
  • Public Lecture
    "Negotiating the Future of Sharia in the Secular State"
    American University of Beirut
    Beirut, Lebanon
    December 2009
  • Presentation
    "Universality of Human Rights"
    Conference on the Universality of Human Rights in a Changing World, The Advisory Council on International Affairs on the Netherlands, The Hague, Senate Building
    December 2009
  • Panel Presentation
    "Normative and Legal Pluralism and the Limitations of ‘access to justice’ paradigm"
    Beyond Apology and Utopia: Critical Engagements with Good Governance in the Arab World
    University of Windsor
    Windsor, Canada
    October 2009
  • Public Lecture
    "Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Sharia"
    University of Windsor
    Windsor, Canada
    October 2009
  • Conversation with Patrick Weil
    "Secularism and Liberty of Conscience"
    The Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY
    New York City, NY
    October 2009
  • Paper Presentation
    "The Compatability Dialectic: Mediating the legitimate co-existince of Islamic Law and State Law"
    Re-imagining the Sharia: Theory Practice and Muslim Pluralism at Large
    Warwick University School of Law, Warwick in Venice
    Venice, Italy
    September 2009
  • Muslims of the West: Negotiating Citizenship, International Workshop
    "Muslims in the USA: A Case Study"
    University of Warwick School of Law
    Coventry, UK
    June 2009
  • Chorley Lecture 2009
    "The Compatibility of Islamic Law and State Law"
    London School of Economics
    London, UK
    June 2009
  • "Islamic Law and The Secular State"
    Committee Room 16, House of Commons, UK Parliament, Ian Stewart MP and the Henry Jackson Society
    June 2009
  • Public Debate
    "Why Muslims Need a Secular State and Western Politics should not Interfere"
    Kosmoplis Institute
    Utrecht, the Netherlands
    May 2009
  • Public Lecture
    "Islam and the Secular State: Implications for Christian-Muslim Relations"
    PISAI Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies
    Rome, Italy
    May 2009
  • Third Carl Heinrich Becker Lecture
    "Sharia and the Secular State in the Middle East and Europe"
    Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
    Berlin, Germany
    May 2009
  • Public Lecture
    "Re-imagining International Law for a New Politics of Human Rights"
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA
    May 2009
  • Public Lecture
    "Re-imagining International Law for a New Politics of Human Rights"
    UCLA
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 2009
  • Public Lecture
    "Re-imagining International Law for a New Politics of Human Rights"
    The Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, CA
    May 2009
  • Presentation
    "The Interdependence of the Religious and Secular: The Religious Fallacy of Fundamentalism"
    International Workshop on Retreat of the Secular, Challenges of Religious Fundamentalism
    York University
    Toronto, Canada
    May 2009
  • Tanner Lectures on Human Values
    "Transcending Imperialism: Human Values and Global Citizenship"
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
    March 2010
  • Public Lecture
    "Can Islamic Law be Reformed? How is the Question Relevant?"
    American University of Beirut
    Beirut, Lebanon
    December 2009

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