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Islam and Law

This project explores the relationship between Islam and Shari'a, as well as law, human rights, constitutionalism, and secularism, in different parts of the world. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, an internationally recognized scholar of Islam and human rights, directs this program. The Ford Foundation has been a sponsor. More information about An-Na'im's work may be found here


Reason and Revelation: A Conversation on Natural Law in Four Religions

For our 2016 Berman Lecture, four scholars representing Islam, Christianity, Hindu, and Judaism discussed natural law.

Human Rights, Religion, and Secularism in Islam

In honor of his induction as Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law in 2003, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im lectured on, "Human Rights, Religion, and Secularism in Islam."

Mona Siddiqui: Islamic Law in Britain

Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam at the University of Glasgow, spoke as part of CSLR's When Law and Religion Meet lecture series.


This project explored of the Islamic argument for secularism as opposed to an Islamic state. Ten workshops were held in countries around the world, including Sudan, Egypt, Indonesia, India, and Turkey. This project was sponsored by the Ford Foundation and yielded the book, Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari'a (Harvard University Press, 2008).

This residential program allows scholars and activists from various parts of the Islamic world to explore the relationship between human rights and Islam. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, this project included 12 roundtable conferences, an international conference in Istanbul, 29 international lectures, 38 lectures in the United States, a symposium on "Islam and Human Rights," in the Journal of Human Rights in the Muslim World, as well as a special "from the field" issue, "Islam and Human Rights Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts," in the Muslim World Journal in Human Rights. 

A comprehensive analysis of the sources and scope of Islamic family law around the world and of possible reforms in light of international and domestic human rights norms. This project was sponsored by the Ford Foundation and yielded a book, Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: A Global Resource Book (Zed Books, 2002).


Muslims and Global Justice (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Islam and Human Rights, Collected Essays in Law (Ashgate, 2010), Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari'a (Harvard University Press, 2008), Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

African Constitutionalism and the Role of Islam (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006), Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Islam and Human Rights: Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts (Global Media Publications, 2006), Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im and Mashood Baderin, eds.

Globalization and Jurisprudence: An Islamic Perspective, Emory Law Journal, Vol. 54, No. Special Edition (2005): 25-51, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Inter-religious Marriages Among Muslims: Negotiating Religious and Social Identity in Family and Community (Global Media Publications, 2005), Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law: Perspectives on Reform (Zed Books, 2004), Lynn Welchman

Women and Land in Africa: Culture, Religion, and Realizing Women's Rights (Zed Books, 2003), L. Muthoni Wanyeki