Law and Islam
The Islamic tradition has engaged issues of law and jurisprudence from early in its development. Over time, several independent schools of Islamic jurisprudence have developed, generating a spirited intellectual tradition of debate over the theories, methods, and content of Islamic jurisprudence. Islam has also shaped statecraft, state law, and mosque-state relations in Muslim majority and minority settings throughout the world.
For more than 25 years, the Center has engaged in major research projects in law and Islam under the leadership of Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im. These projects have included such diverse themes as "Islam and Human Rights," "Islamic Family Law," "Women and Land in Africa," and "The Future of Shari'a." They have produced dozens of books and journal symposia, sponsored lectures and conferences around the world, and trained a new generation of scholars and human rights advocates in Muslim communities on all continents. More information about An-Na'im's work may be found here. In addition, the Center has sponsored lectures by luminaries in the study of Islam, including Vincent Cornell, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Mona Siddiqui.
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Hina Azam, Lee Ann Bambach, Devin Stewart, Vincent Cornell, Shlomo C. Pill
Reason and Revelation: A Conversation on Natural Law in Four ReligionsFor our 2016 Berman Lecture, four scholars representing Islam, Christianity, Hindu, and Judaism discussed natural law.
Human Rights, Religion, and Secularism in IslamIn 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."
This project was a comprehensive study of the roles that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have played and can play in forming and reforming theories, laws, and practices of sex, marriage, and family life. Directed by Don S. Browning and John Witte, Jr., led by 22 Center faculty, and drawing on more than 100 visiting scholars, this project yielded 19 major public forums, two international conferences, and 37 new volumes and journal symposia. This project was funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc., Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Ford Foundation.
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