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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 is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory in 1995, he was Executive Director of Human Rights Watch/Africa. In February 2009, An-Na`im received an Honorary Doctorate from the Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven, Leuven), Belgium. He also served as Global Legal Scholar at the Law School, University of Warwick, UK (until August 2010); and Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (until December 2010). An-Na`im has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on human rights, constitutionalism, Islamic law and politics. As a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, he is working on a book manuscript for Oxford University Press, tentatively entitled: “What is an  American Muslim,” in which he is applying the thesis presented in his 2008 book, Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari`a.  This book is available for download free of charge in eight languages of Islamic societies at (http://sharia.law.emory.edu).

 

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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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