Research

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
Sponsors

The Ford Foundation

Directors

Project Publications

In Their Own Words

"In the nineteenth century ... scholars developed categories for organizing the vast amount of new information about the practices and beliefs of the societies over which (Europeans) were exercising increasing dominance. One of the key categories that emerged during this time was religion. The notion emerged that all human beings conducted their lives in relation to higher ... beings or powers."

–Paul B. Courtright