The Future of Shari'a in Islamic Societies

Project Description

An exploration of the Islamic argument for secularism and against the idea of an Islamic state through seminars and workshops in various countries and a published volume.

Project Accomplishments
  • 10 seminars and workshops in Egypt, Indonesia, India, Sudan and Turkey

The Ford Foundation


Project Publications

In Their Own Words

"Happiness is both a perennial topic and a currently fashionable one, and the relation between some of the current trends in positive psychology and the traditions in philosophy and theology are as yet unclear, so this is an opportune time to take stock and to focus on the topic. What most intrigues me about the "Pursuit of Happiness" project is the way it brings scientists, humanities scholars, and theologians around the same table. The "dialects" that we use in our respective professional worlds are so diverse that our meetings sometimes feel like Babel, or chaos; and some members are a little troubled by that; but its an adventure. Moreover, the usual turf battles that go on within academic fields are completely irrelevant here, which is quite refreshing."

–Philip L. Reynolds