Sharia and the Secular State in the Middle East and Europe

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  • Format: Book
  • Published: 2009
  • 176 pages

CSLR Senior Fellow Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im has published Shari`a and the Secular State in the Middle East and Europe (with contributions from Wolfgang Schäuble and Dieter Grimm). The book is part of a joint lecture with Schäuble (Islam and German Religious Constitutional Law) as part of the Third Carl Heinrich Becker Lecture Series.  The lectures were held in Berlin, Germany in May, 2009 and are printed in both English and German in this volume. An-Na`im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, published his signature book on this topic, Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari`a (Harvard University Press) in 2008.


Wolfgang Schäuble and Dieter Grimm

About the Author: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

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 (


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